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Computer has a problem communicating with my forerunner 205

My forerunner 205 will no longer transfer data to my cpu.  It will charge through the usb port for some reason though.  I tried upgrading the software. Any tips?

Jerry Lowry

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  • Steph124 Nov 04, 2007

    My forerunner 205 fails to communicate to my computer to transfer data even though it is connected properly. The Forerunner shows "Transfer Complete" but computer shows that there is a problem while communicating with the device.

  • 1zip2zip Nov 24, 2007

    My computer says it is an "unknown device" and I must unplug and replub several times before it works. Sometimes I get a blue error screen when I first turn on my computer concerning (app:gstart)

  • cak142 Mar 01, 2008

    I am having the same problem. I tried restarting my computer and reinstalling the software, but it is still not working.



    Cheryl

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2008

    I am having the same problem. The forerunner said 'Transfer Completed" while the Training Center reported "There was a problem while communicating with your device. Please make sure it is connected to the computer, the try again." The unit is connected to the computer for sure. I tried uninstall and reinstall Training Center and it still doesn't work. I even tried installing Training Center on different computer. The results were the same.

  • OnePup May 12, 2008

    yes, I have the same problem, haven't got a good solution from the tech I contacted. Get this, I have done several half-marathons while this problem has existed, so have gone screen-by-screen on the Forerunner 205 to manually transcribe all the splits and such!

    I still hope to be able to "transfer" the information on the 205 that is still there, to the training center for analysis. Will the solution that was posted "erase" everything that is already on the forerunner 205's history??

  • Scully1 May 14, 2008

    My Forerunner is connected to the computer. When I try to transfer the information to the computer I get a message that the computer has a problem communicating with my forerunner 205, even though on the Forerunner it says transfer complete. I was going to uninstall and reinstall the software, but aapparently from the posts I read it will still not work.

  • cmallon1102 Apr 09, 2009

    I have the same issue, but my device is a 305 Edge



  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I want to reset my Forerunner 205

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I just got off the phone with garmin tech. She helped me solve the problem. Here are the steps.

1. Go to http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=010-00466-00

2. Download "Forerunner 205 Ver. 2.80 as of Nov 12, 2007", unzip it, and browse to the folder you unzip the files to.

3. Make sure your Forerunner is connected to your computer and turn it on. Drag file "048401000280.rgn" and drop it on "Updater.exe". A screen will pop up, select "USB" then click OK. Then wait till the process completes.

4. Go to the website on Step 1 and download "Training Center For Windows Ver. 3.3.4 as of Feb 29, 2008". Install it.

5. Run Training Center. At this point, I am able to send/receive data to my Forerunner.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

  • nikolaos tsiakas May 08, 2013

    when i select "USB" it says "there are not any USB devices aveliable". Any thoughts??

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It worked like a charm!
Thanks a lot

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

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Here's a few options: Soft Rest

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Hard Reset
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- Hold down MODE + RESET + POWER for few seconds
- Press the Power button to turn on the device

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- Let go of the UP arrow button, disconnect the device from USB, connect it again and the computer should recognize it normally
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Yes you can restore your data from the TC after a hard reset. You have to go thtrough the setup menu like chose which language etc first.
Well I have exactly the same problem as you and a hard reset did not work either ...
Upgrading / downgrading the firmware also did not work.... the thing keeps on switching itself on regardless....
Do you have found out something more in the mean time?

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Did you install the software correctly? Because such errors appear usually when the update/upgrade is not finisher or was not done in a proper manner.
If possible try to verify the device on another computer (a friend's) to see if the same problem appear.
If the problem persists I'd say you've burned out your battery (hope not the hole Forerunner...!).

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Hello,

When you connect the unit to the cradle is there any reaction from the unit? I would try using a different USB port and cord first if this dosent fix your problem the next step would be to obtain a new cradle for your unit. They can be purchased here http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-forerunner-205-305-charging-cradle.html.

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1. Hook up the usb cable and docking station to the computer.
2. Next, hook up your forerunner to the Docking station - It should pop up saying battery charging in progress
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4. Let both go - should pop back up saying battery charging in progress.
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Nokia and Motorola phones (speaking from experience) tends to have ‘USB ports’ for connection to the PC via the appropriate USB lead using the manufacturers software, I think Motorola try to charge for it, (though there are other open-source software out there) whilst Nokia is free.

Infa-red. Though I haven’t had a laptop yet that had an infa-red sensor, and I’ve bought some pretty expensive laptops.

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Question: My Edge or Forerunner 205/305 won't power on. Is there a soft reset that I can do?
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From the Garmin web site.
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I woke up this morning and found I had a charger death again. It happened two years ago, and I couldn't remember what I did to fix it then.

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