Monday, July 28, 2008

My Garmin 305 won't turn on or power up

My heart just about stopped today when I went to use my Garmin 305 and it was completely dead. I tried a couple of different chargers and it wouldn't come to life. I went on a bike ride without it hoping it just needed to charge for awhile.

It still wasn't working an hour later. Luckily I found this tip on the gamin website:
http://www8.garmin.com/products/faq.jsp?product=010-00467-00

You have to hold down the "reset" and "mode" buttons simultaneously then push the on/off button while holding them. It powered right up and all is right in the world again!

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

THANKS, THOUGHT MY GPS WAS DEAD. HIT THE RESET AND IT CAME BACK TO LIFE.

gary said...

Thanks! Saved me some serious anxiety getting the garmin back up.

spacedcowgirl said...

Thank you. I was about to freak out when I found this tip. :)

Anonymous said...

YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!

mobile_mike said...

oh my god, I just finished trying to search Garmin knowledge base without any luck. In a last ditch resort I googled "my garmin won't turn on" You are the man Banks.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tip. big ride in the morning and thought i'd be without my garmin. gotta love the internet

Anonymous said...

bless you! i'm just ramping up for the fall marathon season-- and i don't have the cash to pony up for the 405! thank you for your blog!!

Anonymous said...

you saved the day bud. thanks

Wladyslaw Szpilman said...

HERO!!!! thanks

Anonymous said...

Oh my God...thank you so much. I was just getting ready for my long run and had a panic when it wouldn't turn on. You are a life saver!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips, lifesaver , I just pulled it brand new out of the box and put in on the charger and it wouldn't power on. I was close to freaking out.

jpmaia said...

yesssssss!! thank you very much. You saved me. Today I will run faster. ahahaha

jpmaia said...

Yessssss! Thank you very much. You saved me. Today I Will run faster. ahahahah

Richie said...

Thanks you. I was starting to a have a bad day.

GUAMtastic said...

hahaha MobileMike, I googled the EXACT same thing :)

Eric Banks, you are AMAZING!!! I heart you!!! You just saved me an anxiety attack, tears, and let's be honest: skipping my run :)

Jennifer said...

Mine didn't do anything when I held down the Mode and Reset buttons and then On, however, it DID start up when I held down the Mode and Enter buttons and then hit the On. Thanks for the suggestion!

David Underhill said...

Whew, thanks for sharing this - you've brought my Garmin back to life! :)

Anonymous said...

Mine didn't work with mode and reset but it did work with mode and start then power.

Anonymous said...

This made my day!!! Thank you, thank, thank you! Mode+Reset+Power= a live Garmin and a happy runner!

David said...

Thank you! I just bought the 305 yesterday and it wouldn't turn on today, after I charged it. This tip worked like a charm.

Anonymous said...

Another made day, thanks that was an awesome tip

Keeley said...

Oh thank goodness! You da man.

Anonymous said...

I am so greatful! Thank you so much!! I couldn't find my paperwork and the warranty had expired and had no luck on the website. So easy too. THank you!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Thank you so much. My husband was in tears this afternoon when the watch wouldn't wake up:) Love the internet.

Kelly said...

Thanks for the tip. Mine wouldn't turn on this morning before my long run. Thought I would have to get a new one. Google is awesome.

Baby Eman said...

Phew -- thanks from me too!! I about died when it wouldn't come up. Seriously... how did we function before the internet!!??

Candace said...

THANK YOU! Oh my goodness I was having a panic attack thinking about my beloved Garmin being toast, but this worked great for me as well. =D

Can said...

THANK YOU! I was having a panic attack thinking my beloved Garmin was toast, but this worked for me as well. Gotta love the Google and bloggers like you!

Anonymous said...

Almost 3 years later to the date, this post saved me a lot of tears! Thank heavens for archiving :)

Tweek004 said...

Just got some serious points with the wife for using your tip... You'd da man!!!

sgltrak said...

Thanks! I held "mode" and "enter" while pressing "on" and my Forerunner 305 is back! Whew!

Anonymous said...

You are a lifesaver today!!! I took my Garmin off the charger last night. It said Charge complete, but wouldn't turn on this morning. Thank goodness for Google! Your post came right up and saved me from buying a new one! Thank so much!

Jennifer said...

THANK YOU! You are the number one link to 'my garmin won't turn on!'.. and guess what??!! IT WORKED!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

Gary A said...

Couldn't find this in the owners manual, but all I had to do was press reset and my Garmin came back to life. Thank you!!

Mary IronMatron said...

THANK YOU. Do you how many time I have referred back to this post? I can never remember what to do when it freaks out on me and goes dead...

Anonymous said...

Mine came back to life by pressing mode and enter simultaneously, then pressing the on button. Thanks to all who helped! I was bumming about not having it for my long run tomorrow. Happy day!

Anonymous said...

with this link via google and Jennifer's alternative advice, my Garmin is good again!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!

Anonymous said...

As everyone else has said, a huge THANK YOU! This really helped me this morning :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks man, worked like a charm.

Anonymous said...

whew! life saver! it didnt work at first, but as soon as i put it back on the charger, it said "charging in progress" and i could turn it on. great tip! (thanks also to google for bring me here)

Anonymous said...

thanks. thought i was having to ask for an early christmas present in april!

Anonymous said...

thanks saved me , I was thinking the battery had died and was looking at all the "How to " sites i could find
Cheers
Andrew de J
Sydney
Australia

Anonymous said...

Mine died on me while on vacation...I googled "Garmin won't turn on or charge'' and this blog came up. I am thankful to say, like others, your tip helped and it's revived. Thank you for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!

Jamie said...

You just saved me from having a very bad day!

Elliot Worth said...

Worked for me too (8th Jan 2012). Thanks!

Anonymous said...

worked for me too (25th Feb 2013) thanks so much was really panicking then! phew

PipTook said...

I know this post is 4.5 years old, but add me to the list of grateful people. I thought I had killed my 305! You are a LIFESAVER!

Anonymous said...

Thank you - longest training run for my full and I went without it today! So happy to have it charging right now

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!!