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Life Expectancy of the FR 305? (Read 1447 times)


Needs more cowbell!

    I think my 305 is dying.  I had to hard reset it recently after I removed it from the cradle (where it said "battery charging complete" and it was non-responsive when I tried to turn it on).  It's also having issues holding settings and seems to respond kinda slower than normal, too.  But it's nearly 3.5, which seems to be a pretty typical life expectancy, I think (and it is used nearly every day, either for running or as my bike computer...I've also dropped it a few times and the top half of the case is starting to separate from the rest of the unit, so it's not been babied, exactly).

     

    Perhaps my issues could be firmware related...?  It's been ages since I did a firmware update, but I'm thinking maybe it's up-to-date.  Has Garmin even done any updates in the last couple of years (since the 310XT came out)?

    I shoot pretty things! ~

    '14 Goals:

    • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

    • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


    Needs more cowbell!

      OK, just answered my own question re: the firmware.  It is up to date at 2.9 with 3.0 GPS.

      I shoot pretty things! ~

      '14 Goals:

      • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


      day after day sameness

        Recommend you delete all the history from it, hard reset it, then flash it (Geez! I know what you're thinking -- No not you flashing it in that way).

         

        The Garmin webupdater (here for MAC and here for PC) will do the work for you. Yes, there have been a steady set of updates for the Forerunner 205/305, both GPS and device sets.

        Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless


        Needs more cowbell!

          Flash it...explain.  Is this reinstalling everything...?

          I shoot pretty things! ~

          '14 Goals:

          • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

          • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


          day after day sameness

            Flash it...explain.

             

            Well, basically you grab the front your shirt and....ok, sorry, that's weak. And a bit pathetic.

             

            Yes, by "flash" techno speak I mean to let Garmin WebUpdater update it with the latest device and GPS firmware. I also find that every now and then the device gets something stored in its internal history that can make it flake out -- so first thing I do when trying to troubleshoot run is delete the history for all: run / bike / other.

            Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless


            Needs more cowbell!

              Well, basically you grab the front your shirt and....ok, sorry, that's weak. And a bit pathetic.

               

              Yes, by "flash" techno speak I mean to let Garmin WebUpdater update it with the latest device and GPS firmware. I also find that every now and then the device gets something stored in its internal history that can make it flake out -- so first thing I do when trying to troubleshoot run is delete the history for all: run / bike / other.

               

              Yeah, I already delete history for everything about every-other week...mostly because it makes uploading to RA go smoother.  So if my firmware is already up-to-date does it do any good to reinstall?

              I shoot pretty things! ~

              '14 Goals:

              • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

              • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


              I've got a fever...

                Yeah, I already delete history for everything about every-other week...mostly because it makes uploading to RA go smoother.  So if my firmware is already up-to-date does it do any good to reinstall?

                When you re-install firmware, I believe anything on the device gets erased first.  So if there are some corrupt files or something, this might help.

                On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office.  But you will wish that you'd spent more time running.  Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.


                Needs more cowbell!

                  When you re-install firmware, I believe anything on the device gets erased first.  So if there are some corrupt files or something, this might help.

                   

                  Ok, this is what I wondered.  I'm going to give this a try to see if it helps.

                   

                  Re: the top half of the case starting to separate from the rest of the unit, has anyone ever used any sort of silicone sealant or anything around the edge to prevent water from leaking in?  What stops me from trying this is my assumption that Garmin wouldn't have anything to do with any sort of replacement, after that mod.

                  I shoot pretty things! ~

                  '14 Goals:

                  • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                  • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                    Zoom-zoom, You could try the sealant - it may help. The reason I suggest trying to seal it is based on my exp with the 205. I had it 3 years and it died (used 3-4x per week running). It was acting real wacky the last few weeks of life. Finally, all It would say is "charging complete" on the charger, but would not do anything else - powering off immediately after removing from the charger. When I cracked it open and did a post-mortem, I noticed the battery terminal connections were corroded (a few had broken off). It may have been caused by moisture in the unit. Had it not been for that, I think it would still work (I thought about fixing it, but not sure how - the little copper prongs are disintegrated). Anyway, the factory sealant between the 2 halves of the watch is pretty minimal. I was still happy with the unit, so I bought the 305 to replace it :-) Good luck! Steve

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


                    Needs more cowbell!

                      Zoom-zoom, You could try the sealant - it may help. The reason I suggest trying to seal it is based on my exp with the 205. I had it 3 years and it died (used 3-4x per week running). It was acting real wacky the last few weeks of life. Finally, all It would say is "charging complete" on the charger, but would not do anything else - powering off immediately after removing from the charger. When I cracked it open and did a post-mortem, I noticed the battery terminal connections were corroded (a few had broken off). It may have been caused by moisture in the unit. Had it not been for that, I think it would still work (I thought about fixing it, but not sure how - the little copper prongs are disintegrated). Anyway, the factory sealant between the 2 halves of the watch is pretty minimal. I was still happy with the unit, so I bought the 305 to replace it :-) Good luck! Steve

                       

                       

                      I'd bet money that there is some serious salt corrosion going on in my Garmin, too.  At this rate I'm inclined to see what Garmin can do for me in terms of a replacement.  I'm not at all averse to the idea of simply buying a brand new one, either.  I think they are about half what I paid 3+ years ago and I feel like I've gotten my money's worth, given how much use it gets and the relative reliability until very recently.

                      I shoot pretty things! ~

                      '14 Goals:

                      • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                      MrH


                        Mine is in a similar situation ... Turns off as soon as it leaves the cradle. I guess I'll return it for $79 but as I run mostly familiar routes on marked trails I can't say I'm missing it.

                        The process is the goal.

                        Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call Destiny.


                        Prince of Fatness

                          I've had my 205 for three years at least and works just about like it did when I bought it.  I've been caught in some heavy rains with it on, it's been sweaty, I've dropped it a few times.  It's got some scratches on it but the casing is still intact.

                           

                          I got my money's worth I guess.

                          Semi-retired.


                          Double IPA Please!

                            Just had to get a new one. Mine was 3 years old give or take. I started having problems with it about 6 months ago and then just like that it died. HOWEVER, it will still connect with my pc, it just won't turn on when I want to use it. We have tried to reset it per Garmins instructions etc..no luck.

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                            Double IPA Please!

                              Zoom-zoom, You could try the sealant - it may help. The reason I suggest trying to seal it is based on my exp with the 205. I had it 3 years and it died (used 3-4x per week running). It was acting real wacky the last few weeks of life. Finally, all It would say is "charging complete" on the charger, but would not do anything else - powering off immediately after removing from the charger. When I cracked it open and did a post-mortem, I noticed the battery terminal connections were corroded (a few had broken off). It may have been caused by moisture in the unit. Had it not been for that, I think it would still work (I thought about fixing it, but not sure how - the little copper prongs are disintegrated). Anyway, the factory sealant between the 2 halves of the watch is pretty minimal. I was still happy with the unit, so I bought the 305 to replace it :-) Good luck! Steve

                               pretty much what mine was doing...

                               

                              I could not wait so I ordered a new one off of Ebay. I enjoy being able to run wherever and hate being restricted to running a certain route to be sure of the distance AND I hate mapping.

                              Interested in looking good and feeling great? Check out my website at www.marykay.com/dyerger

                              Shipping is always free with me!! :-)

                                Just had to get a new one. Mine was 3 years old give or take. I started having problems with it about 6 months ago and then just like that it died. HOWEVER, it will still connect with my pc, it just won't turn on when I want to use it. We have tried to reset it per Garmins instructions etc..no luck.

                                 

                                Send me your old one.

                                 

                                The pain that hurts the worse is the imagined pain. One of the most difficult arts of racing is learning to ignore the imagined pain and just live with the present pain (which is always bearable.) - Jeff

                                 

                                2014 Goals:

                                 

                                Stay healthy

                                Enjoy life

                                 

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