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How does a Garmin die? (Read 169 times)

    My Forerunner 305 which I have used faithfully since 2009 now refuses to upload runs or rides. I have had issues with Windows 8 and various browsers but now it has stopped on all browsers and at Garminconnect and RunningAhead. Does that mean it is time for a replacement?

    Suffering Benefiting from mature onset exercise addiction and low aerobic endorphin release threshold. Hoping there is no cure.


    Prince of Fatness

      Have you tried it on several computers?  That would be the first thing that I would do.  If it works on another computer then it is not the Garmin that has the issue (most likely).

      Semi-retired.

        If the watch hasn't suffered some sort of abnormal trauma, the answer could be the breakdown of the gate oxide on the IC in the Garmin. Oxide thickness is typically scaled with the gate length to try to achieve a theoretical lifetime of 20 years but in real life it is quite common to see failure before that. There is some arguement as to whether the breakdown is current induced or field induced (and it may actually be a function of both but with current and field effects swapping dominace at a certain oxide thickness) but in general, the more the transistor is cycled the higher the probability that it will fail.

         

        I perfer to think that the death of a Garmin is not related to the cycling of the chip however. I like to think that runners get pissed at their Garmins when the watch says that they are on pace to hit a race goal only to find out that the Garmin measures long...this is how I picture Garmins dying:

         

         

        If your real question is: "Is my Garmin dead?" rather than "How does a Garmin die?" then listen to MrFinn instead of me.


        A Dance with Monkeys

          Eh. I suspect it is typically battery or charging circuitry before chip.

            To A Garmin Dying Young

             

            The time we saw you late at night

            Paid the runningwarehouse site

            The runner geek stood cheering by

            And home we brought you, wristwatch high

             

            Today the road all runners come

            Wristwatch high we bring you home

            And set you at your cradle down

            Pacer of a stiller town

             

            Smart watch, to slip betimes away

            From settings where glory does not stay

            And early though the heart rate grows

            It withers quicker than the rose

             

            Display the contact tabs have shut

            Cannot see the sync chord cut

            And silence sounds no worse than beeps

            Once batteries’ acid slowly seeps

             

            Now you will not be reviewed

            By DC rainmaker or blogs more crude

            Screen displays reveal a splotch

            The GPS died, a fancy watch

             

            So set, before the beeps do fade

            The sleek device on sill of shade

            And hold to the low LED’s flame

            The still defended Forunner’s fame

             

            And round that early laureled face

            Will flock to gaze the average pace

            And find unwithered on its strap

            A garmin, briefer than a lap

             

            MTA: started it, might as well finish it

            Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
            We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes

              My Forerunner 305 which I have used faithfully since 2009 now refuses to upload runs or rides. I have had issues with Windows 8 and various browsers but now it has stopped on all browsers and at Garminconnect and RunningAhead. Does that mean it is time for a replacement?

               

              Does it still charge on the cradle?

              And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

               

              Rob


              just a simple cat

                technocide

                 

                Running is stupid

                  Clean the contacts on the back with an eraser.

                   

                  Or the unit may be dead from sweat, the contacts corrode internally.

                   

                  Death of a Garmin 305.

                    Clean the contacts on the back with an eraser.

                     

                    Or the unit may be dead from sweat, the contacts corrode internally.

                     

                    Death of a Garmin 305.

                     

                    That's exactly how my 205 died after about 3 years.  I still have it in case we discover new repair technology.  Kind of like those folks who freeze themselves after they die.Roll eyes

                    2014 - Get 5k back under 20:00.  Stay healthy!


                    Best Present Ever

                      brilliant

                       

                      To A Garmin Dying Young

                       

                      The time we saw you late at night

                      Paid the runningwarehouse site

                      The runner geek stood cheering by

                      And home we brought you, wristwatch high

                       

                      Today the road all runners come

                      Wristwatch high we bring you home

                      And set you at your cradle down

                      Pacer of a stiller town

                       

                      Smart watch, to slip betimes away

                      From settings where glory does not stay

                      And early though the heart rate grows

                      It withers quicker than the rose

                       

                      Display the contact tabs have shut

                      Cannot see the sync chord cut

                      And silence sounds no worse than beeps

                      Once batteries’ acid slowly seeps

                       

                      Now you will not be reviewed

                      By DC rainmaker or blogs more crude

                      Screen displays reveal a splotch

                      The GPS died, a fancy watch

                       

                      So set, before the beeps do fade

                      The sleek device on sill of shade

                      And hold to the low LED’s flame

                      The still defended Forunner’s fame

                       

                      And round that early laureled face

                      Will flock to gaze the average pace

                      And find unwithered on its strap

                      A garmin, briefer than a lap

                       

                      MTA: started it, might as well finish it

                        It's still showing some runs as un-uploadable but it's charging and appears to be functioning okay apart from the "new browser and operating system incompatabilities (sp)".

                        Thanks all (especially the poem). Smile

                        Suffering Benefiting from mature onset exercise addiction and low aerobic endorphin release threshold. Hoping there is no cure.