Garmin Forerunner 305 problems anyone else ?

Anyone esle having a problem with their new forerunner 305

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04/01/2008 at 14:20
I believe motion-based have a free trial which lets you record 5 runs. I went the whole hog and paid about £60 for an account for the year. I find it infinitely better than the bundled training centre, with proper maps and nicer graphs, and pretty much every export and import feature known to man. I like it and religiously upload every jog onto it.
04/01/2008 at 14:36

Know what everyone means about Motion Based being slow...

That said I've followed the link that Mr Puffy has provided and am also up and running again (if you'll pardon the pun!).  There are aspects of TC that i like, I'm now getting time out messages from it, you really would think they'd get it sorted!!!

04/01/2008 at 19:37
Ah the maps. I don't use the ST or TC maps. I am fortunate enough to have Memory Map so view / make courses on it instead. Off to look for a Heart rate zone and pace against distance graph in ST now...
06/01/2008 at 13:12

Mr Puffy

Thanks - downloaded Sports Tracks and it was working within an hour (had to upgrade .NET) I have yet to test the Garmin data upload

06/01/2008 at 14:59
I've sent copies of the many forums regarding issues with the forum to the technical support team at Garmin, be interesting to see what comes up.
06/01/2008 at 17:11

Used my 305 for its first long run this afternoon. 14.2 miles in 1.50. When I took it off it was a bit damp on the back so made sure it was dried.

Question................. How many satalites are there up there that the Garmins lock onto? There was a purple splodge on the route on the TC site and I guessed that may have been the Satalite postion?

06/01/2008 at 17:42

Had my Garmin for Christmas & it kept switching off on my run, which was very irritating. So Garmin advised me to update it & do a master re-set. But went on a long run yesterday & it was worse than ever. Just hope when I send it back it they send a replacement out sharpish!!!

06/01/2008 at 17:48
I have just tried to download a training schedule to my garmin 305 but it is not appearing in my calendar does anyone know the solutiion to this?
06/01/2008 at 19:25

<a href="" title="Visit M Diddy member profile">M Diddy</a> up to 12 satellites.

Should not showup on the map though.


06/01/2008 at 20:37
Hi Diddy-The purple splodge links to your position on the graph. There is a dotted vertical line on the graph with a little box that shows the distance at that point-you can drag it along the graph and the dot on your route moves along with it, so you can get pace HR elevation or whatever for an exact point on the run.
Satellites- if you press "navigation" and then the down button, then "satellites" you can see how many satellites you are locked on to. All this was just Science Fiction when I was a kid!!

Does anyone know how to improve on those primitive garmin maps?

OOK! Yes I had to update.NET too-forgot to mention that-was quite tricky.

The more i use Sport Track the more I like it. Its just not very intuitive. Learned today how to put Pace, speed HR and elevation onto one graph, so I can't see where TC is better; for me the maps really let it down...
06/01/2008 at 21:19


 I had an accident with my original Garmin 305 which was working well. It was kindly replaced HOWEVER the new set came with the updated 5.01 programme and that was the start of all my problems.It has never worked properly and I wouldn't recommend any future updates, just in case.

A historic day - ST accepted the garmin data and crunched the numbers - at last a working system and something new to fiddle with

06/01/2008 at 21:21

Hi, I have a sort of related question.  I am a bit confused about how the Garmin Training Centre and the Motion Based website work together.  Does my data from the forerunner go into the training centre and motion based or does it just get uploaded to motion based? is theer any benefit to it being in both?

Also, I read that the Motion Based website only holds 10 runs, is that correct?

 Any thoughts before I join up would be helpful.

06/01/2008 at 21:49

Blimey this is getting very techie! Thank's MR P, and indeed I can relate to the science fiction bit. These would have featured on Tomorrows World not Runners World!!!!!

SJ, I'm very new to this but I upload to both at the moment and when I have the time to look at the full benefits of both will kick one into touch

The MB basic programme is free and will upload directly from your forerunner  

06/01/2008 at 22:39
I think the Garmin TC is automatic when you plug in your Garmin, but with Motionbased you have to upload your runs and then they go into some sort of Inbox. I don't know how many runs it will store, but some one posted that it costs £60 per year. I find it a bit slow and hard to use, but if you search it for other people's runs you see how comprehensive it can be. I decided to buy a gps myself after seeing someones runs in delamere forest (near us) posted onto google Earth via motion based. I wonder if TC is so basic in order to steer consumers towards motion based; but try Sports Track, a free download. It is a bit tricky to find all the features but you can do everything on it that you can do on motion based and TC

OOK one one of these threads haas a link to the Garmin page that contains the update and usb patches that will allow your garmin to work with TC. Its an update to TC program not the 305 itself.

09/01/2008 at 19:10

Ok, I've been spending some time on Sport Tracks and it's growing on me.

I have downloaded the V2 beta which is much prettier. 

09/01/2008 at 19:33

Yes, Muzz. Me to. I've been using ST since someone a few posts ago recommended it. Best thing I've ever done. Excellent metrics and good, accurate maps. Easy to upload from 305 and yes, the new beta software is v. good. Especially considering it is beta, after all.

Well done ST. Look and learn, Garmin.......

09/01/2008 at 19:35
I will give that a try. I noticed last night that the TC software handles the Garmin workout data much better than sporttracks, which you would expect really. I did 3x1.5 mile repeats with 800m jogs (er-walks actually) and they came out as separate laps on the garmin, but sportracks confused them all
09/01/2008 at 21:00

Hi all, contacted Garmin with a variety of threads from RW to show the problems that people are having.  This is their response:

Thank you for contacting Garmin International.

Thanks for the information. We are aware of some of the issues people are facing. Most if not all can be resolved by making sure the Forerunner has the latest unit software version 2.80 and GPS chipset version 3.00. Here's how one can check: MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > GENERAL > ABOUT FORERUNNER. The user can update by connecting the Forerunner to a computer and running WebUpdater. WebUpdater is a free download that will check for and install software updates without using your Internet web browser. Download the WebUpdater for Windows here: or for Mac here:

To ensure compatibility, they need to have the latest Training Center version 3.3.2 (Windows) or 2.0.3 (Mac). The user can download Training Center for Windows here: or for Mac here:

I think Garmin's new Garmin Connect will eventually replace MotionBased (and Training Center) to support the entire Garmin fitness product line. I hope this helps.

Hope this is of interest to some of you.  JT

10/01/2008 at 09:53
But if the PC doesn't recognise the watch (or vice versa) you are totally knackered for downloading anything
10/01/2008 at 12:23

For PC dont assume just TC - I have used GPSU - and ST when GArmin TC wont play.


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