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    Garmin Edge 705 shutting off

    Hi, my Garmin 705 edge is shutting off on it's own (about 8 times on a century ride today ) , it will start back up but it seems like every 10 miles +/- it shuts off again on it's own..
    Has anybody else ever have this problem before or know of a solution ??? How about a hard reset ? (don't know how to do that ) any ideas would be appreciated ... Unit says software version 310 / GPS 2.10

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    Did you already try the standard reset? If not, I'd try that first, as it won't wipe all your data away. If it doesn't work, a hard reset is performed by holding Mode and Start buttons for 10 seconds (device off). Then without releasing pulse press lap/reset button, you'll get a screen for confirmation, all data lost, including user data and routes.

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    Yes. I've had that start happening, particularly with firmware 3.3. I find 3.1 to work the most reliably for the way I use the unit, but even then, when my 705 starts getting whacky, I reformat the drive and reinstall the firmware, as follows:

    Firmware installation GCD files for the various versions of firmware are available from the following site:

    http://garminedge705.wikispaces.com/...showType=files

    Make a note of all your settings first, such as data fields, map and routing preferences, auto-pause, etc. so that you can reprogram them after installing the software.

    You may want to upload any of your history TCX files to Garmin Connect, or save the files to your computer. You may also want to save to your computer any TCX courses or GPX rides you might have download to the TCX or GPX folders on the device.

    Formatting drive:

    To ensure you’re working with a clean system, you might want to format the drive first. This only wipes the user partition of the device’s drive, not the partition the firmware resides in. Use the following settings:

    Remove the SD card as a precaution
    File System: FAT32
    Volume label: GARMIN
    Do not use the "Quick Format" option for this format.
    Use the default settings for any other parameters.
    Once started, this will take a long time complete, perhaps 45 minutes, so don't panic.
    When done, create a new folder named "Garmin" in the newly formatted drive.

    To install a firmware version: (Note that this will not reinstall a version if it is already installed on you unit, even after reformatting the drive. For example: If 3.1 is already installed, you must first install some other version, 2.9, 3.3 etc., then install 3.1.)

    * Save the appropriate GCD file to your desktop
    * Rename the file GUPDATE.GCD
    * Plug your Edge 605/705 into your computer
    * Drag and drop the .gcd file on your desktop into the Garmin directory on your Edge 605/705
    * Unplug your Edge 605/705 from your computer
    * Power on your Edge 605/705
    * Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation
    * Set up your data screens and operation preferences

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    Thanks BUT will I loss the loaded city navigator north america nt 2008 ??????

    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Yes. I've had that start happening, particularly with firmware 3.3. I find 3.1 to work the most reliably for the way I use the unit, but even then, when my 705 starts getting whacky, I reformat the drive and reinstall the firmware, as follows:

    Firmware installation GCD files for the various versions of firmware are available from the following site:

    http://garminedge705.wikispaces.com/...showType=files

    Make a note of all your settings first, such as data fields, map and routing preferences, auto-pause, etc. so that you can reprogram them after installing the software.

    You may want to upload any of your history TCX files to Garmin Connect, or save the files to your computer. You may also want to save to your computer any TCX courses or GPX rides you might have download to the TCX or GPX folders on the device.

    Formatting drive:

    To ensure you’re working with a clean system, you might want to format the drive first. This only wipes the user partition of the device’s drive, not the partition the firmware resides in. Use the following settings:

    Remove the SD card as a precaution
    File System: FAT32
    Volume label: GARMIN
    Do not use the "Quick Format" option for this format.
    Use the default settings for any other parameters.
    Once started, this will take a long time complete, perhaps 45 minutes, so don't panic.
    When done, create a new folder named "Garmin" in the newly formatted drive.

    To install a firmware version: (Note that this will not reinstall a version if it is already installed on you unit, even after reformatting the drive. For example: If 3.1 is already installed, you must first install some other version, 2.9, 3.3 etc., then install 3.1.)

    * Save the appropriate GCD file to your desktop
    * Rename the file GUPDATE.GCD
    * Plug your Edge 605/705 into your computer
    * Drag and drop the .gcd file on your desktop into the Garmin directory on your Edge 605/705
    * Unplug your Edge 605/705 from your computer
    * Power on your Edge 605/705
    * Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation
    * Set up your data screens and operation preferences

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    My 705 reboots if Im following a pre-defined 'Course'. It will be fine for an hour or so and then reboots start. I no longer bother with Courses because of this issue. In all other respects its been great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducati hyp View Post
    Thanks BUT will I loss the loaded city navigator north america nt 2008 ??????
    Yes. If you loaded maps onto the unit you would need to redo that. If your maps on on the microSD card, they'd be safe. You would have the same issue if you got the replacement from Garmin for $70. It'd be up to you to load your maps onto it.

    There is a basemap on the unit which will also be lost. The basemap is very coarse with limited information so is pretty useless anyway. In the past, you could call up Garmin support and they'd connect and reload the basemap for you. I don't know if they'll do that anymore now that the 705 has been discontinued for so long. I've never bothered and haven't missed it.

    All my maps are on SD cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducati hyp View Post
    Hi, my Garmin 705 edge is shutting off on it's own (about 8 times on a century ride today ) , it will start back up but it seems like every 10 miles +/- it shuts off again on it's own..
    I don't know about the 705, but I've heard that the 205/305 sometimes had a problem where the contacts inside that touch the battery are simply pushed onto the battery (no solder or anything) and that over time they could fatigue so they don't make such a good contact any more, and then a bump or something would break the circuit for an instant -- long enough to shut the GPS off.

    In the case of the 305, the fix was simply to open it up and bend those contacts out a little bit so they make a stronger contact.

    You might contact Garmin's support -- even if the 705 has been discontinued, they'd know what the likely problems are.

    If you do end up resetting the GPS as suggested by others, you should be able to save whatever map you have simply by reading the file to your computer and copying it back later. It's by far the biggest file on the GPS, and I think it's just one file -- it's hard to miss.

    (The file has the unit serial number in it somehow, so you can't just copy it to another GPS, but you can copy it back to this GPS.)

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    Hi, I went to the garmin site and updated the software , now I have the 3.3 all my data is still in the unit but the data fields had to be redone .. I went for a recovery ride today (1 hour) and it stayed on BUT the jury is still out whether or not the problem is gone...
    BTW where is this sd card ?? I don't see any sd slot .. Thanks for ur reply


    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Yes. If you loaded maps onto the unit you would need to redo that. If your maps on on the microSD card, they'd be safe. You would have the same issue if you got the replacement from Garmin for $70. It'd be up to you to load your maps onto it.

    There is a basemap on the unit which will also be lost. The basemap is very coarse with limited information so is pretty useless anyway. In the past, you could call up Garmin support and they'd connect and reload the basemap for you. I don't know if they'll do that anymore now that the 705 has been discontinued for so long. I've never bothered and haven't missed it.

    All my maps are on SD cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducati hyp View Post
    BTW where is this sd card ?? I don't see any sd slot .. Thanks for ur reply
    On the back, at the bottom (if I recall correctly) there's a shield you can pull off and inside is a slot for a micro sd card.

    That said, the unit itself has enough space to hold detailed maps for everything within a thousand miles and still leave enough space to hold lots of and lots of ride tracks, so ... you really don't need to use the card. Only if you wanted to have maps of the entire country, and when I tried that things slowed enough that I just went to all the surrounding states.

    (If I recall correctly, the GPS itself has 512 MB of space.)

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    Definitely give it a shot. I ran 3.3 for a while but found I had more problems with it so went back to 3.1. In particular, my unit would shut down randomly with 3.3 but has virtually never done that with 3.1. Anyway, give it a shot.

    The SD card slot is under a little cover on the bottom rear of the unit. Depress the middle of it and slide it down and off the unit.

    When the unit is plugged into a computer, you should see two drives, one is "Garmin" and is the memory in the 705, and the SD card if present shows up as a "removable disk".

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    Hi Everyone, I'm new here and have been having similar problems with my Edge 705 shutting down randomly -which is obviously a pain when you're in the midst of a ride.

    I performed the HD formatting as suggested above but didn't realize that you need to keep the garmindevice.xml file in order for webupdater to recognize the device - was pulling my hair out until Garmin tech support sent me this file with my device identifier already input. With that I was able to then get the software updated (3.3) and move my history, courses, workouts, etc. back onto the devices newly created GARMIN folder - again per above.

    However, now that all of that is done, the device will not read any of the data that has been uploaded to the device (not the SD card, but to the device itself). It's as if the firmware is no longer recognizing the internal HD. For example I turned on the device and hit the start button to record some data - say 30 secs worth. When I was done, I could see this in the history on the device, but when I plugged it in and accessed the HD, the new workout was no where to be found.

    Any suggestions on how to fix this issue? Pretty perplexed and not interested in sending $110 to Garmin for a device that's 4 years old.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by abontrager View Post
    Hi Everyone, I'm new here and have been having similar problems with my Edge 705 shutting down randomly -which is obviously a pain when you're in the midst of a ride.

    I performed the HD formatting as suggested above but didn't realize that you need to keep the garmindevice.xml file in order for webupdater to recognize the device - was pulling my hair out until Garmin tech support sent me this file with my device identifier already input. With that I was able to then get the software updated (3.3) and move my history, courses, workouts, etc. back onto the devices newly created GARMIN folder - again per above.

    However, now that all of that is done, the device will not read any of the data that has been uploaded to the device (not the SD card, but to the device itself). It's as if the firmware is no longer recognizing the internal HD. For example I turned on the device and hit the start button to record some data - say 30 secs worth. When I was done, I could see this in the history on the device, but when I plugged it in and accessed the HD, the new workout was no where to be found.

    Any suggestions on how to fix this issue? Pretty perplexed and not interested in sending $110 to Garmin for a device that's 4 years old.

    Thanks
    Follow the format and software installation procedure as I described it in my post. Do not use web updater. Use the files in the link to install the software as I described.

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    Hey Looigi, i have read your instructions and tried to follow them few times now. The problem is that i needed to format my Garmin Edge 705 before i had a chance to backup all files from it.

    Later on i got all default files from some dude on garmin forums, i have uploaded them to the device and i have changed my id in garmindevice.xml but still i have no luck with getting unit to work.

    Well the unit does work perfectly except the part of saving stuff to it's internal memory or reading from it. I don't know where software is located on Edge 705 but i can't get it to install any other version of firmware from that wiki site you have shared since i have lates firmware on my device, and it will not read anything from there.

    Do you have any other suggestoin what should i do next? I have used this unit for a bit over the month now and unit has crashed on saturday morning when battery went to 0%.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I had the same problem I went to 3.2 and it fixed it.

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