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GARMIN 305 Malfunction - HELP!!!!

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Post  Nick Morris Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:33 pm

So, for some reason my 305 won't work off of my cradle.  It says that it is charged when it is on the cradle and will start up when it is on the cradle, but the minute I take it off the cradle it goes dead.  I tried a reset (mode and power), but that won't do anything.  Not sure what to do.  Any ideas...Good thing my race is tomorrow morning...
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Post  ounce Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:45 pm

You tried what I was thinking (reset mode). 

I don't know if any of this will work, but:

Try the reset mode on the cradle.

Let it be on for an hour (or maybe in the morning when you wake up).  Just let it be on.  Then turn it off and let it charge (which shouldn't be long).  Then see if it'll turn on normally or in reset mode.

Maybe check for an update on the Garmin website.  When mine wouldn't recharge, they got me to go to the website and download the latest version.  But it didn't do any good. 

If your 305 is toast, call Garmin.  After they try to help and it doesn't work, they'll offer to sell you a refurbed one for $99 and get you to return the old one.  THAT was a deal because even Amazon is selling new 305's for $250 or so.

Hope it works.  WalMart (or it's Canadian equivalent) probably has a plain old wrist watch with a stop watch mode for $20.

Good luck on the race!
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Post  Mark B Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:47 pm


I have found that deleting all previous laps in history can make a 305 behave when it goes glitchy. Worth a shot.

(Yes, I realized you weren't in New York. D'oh!)


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Post  Nick Morris Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:49 pm

ounce wrote:You tried what I was thinking (reset mode). 

I don't know if any of this will work, but:

Try the reset mode on the cradle.

Let it be on for an hour (or maybe in the morning when you wake up).  Just let it be on.  Then turn it off and let it charge (which shouldn't be long).  Then see if it'll turn on normally or in reset mode.

Turn it on and leave it on when it is on the cradle?
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Post  ounce Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:50 pm

What do you have to lose?  And you would have the benefit of it already have found the satellites to track you tomorrow.
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Post  Nick Morris Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:08 am

No go on the watch :(I am thinking that the battery is shot.  Luckily, my friend is going to let me use his gps watch.  What a nightmare, huh?
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Post  JohnP Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:50 pm

Sheesh, what a nightmare. I hope this worked out OK.
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Post  Chris Coleman Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:41 pm

This sort of thing always happens at an inconvenient time. Garmin's refurbishment service is excellent. I sent my well-out-of-warranty 305, along with credit-card details, for refurbishment in 2008, with exactly the same fault. They sent back a replacement with a note saying, "Known fault. Your credit card card will not be charged."
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Post  Nick Morris Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:30 pm

I ended up using my friend's Timex Ironman GPS watch.  So, it ended up working out ok.  Thank god!!!
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Post  mountandog Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:05 pm

your time reflected the accuracy!!
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Post  Nick Morris Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:00 am

Calling Garmin today.  Let's see if they can fix it or at least off me up a solution.  Maybe I will be seeing a new 620 at some point in my future Smile
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Post  ounce Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:51 am

For me, I'll keep doing 305's as long as they can sell them to me for $99 with the return of the broke 305.
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Post  Nick Morris Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:49 pm

ounce wrote:For me, I'll keep doing 305's as long as they can sell them to me for $99 with the return of the broke 305.
Even better deal now.  They are sending me a refurbished 305 for $79.  I am hoping this will get me through for a while.
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Post  ounce Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:10 pm

Good to know.  Thanks.  I happen to have a dead 305 that might just find its way back to Mother Garmin.
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Post  Mark B Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:44 pm

Nick Morris wrote:
ounce wrote:For me, I'll keep doing 305's as long as they can sell them to me for $99 with the return of the broke 305.
Even better deal now.  They are sending me a refurbished 305 for $79.  I am hoping this will get me through for a while.
It likely will. When they swapped out my old 305, it was like getting a brand-new replacement. Very cool.
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Post  Nick Morris Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:03 am

My refurb has made its way from Kansas to Missouri and is now in Illinois.  Looks like it should be to me by Monday or Tuesday of next week.  Then all will be right with the world.
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Post  Nick Morris Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:50 pm

Check that...My refurbed watch arrived with yesterday's mail.  A little sooner than I thought I would get it.  So glad to have a working Garmin.  Smile  If fact, I got to use it today...
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