Posted on November 18, 2013
Resetting what appears to be a dead Garmin Forerunner 210
Resetting what appears to be a dead Garmin Forerunner 210 (works for 110 also)
The Garmin Forerunner 210 is a great little device that allows for both Satellite GPS distance tracking and heart rate monitoring at he same time. As well as a host of other features this is one of the few watches that combine both of these main features (the entire Garmin line can do both and more). One of the problems that has been widely associated with the 210 model is its need to “blank out” or appear to die when confronted with issues that it thinks might harm the internal firmware or exercise data. In the case of an abrupt power on/off surge, or even a quick USB pull / push from the computer, the watch can go into “dark mode” where the screen goes complete blank. The watch will look dead and will not respond to an button presses, power of USB plug changes, etc. It basically looks dead.
As long as your problem didn’t occur during a failed firmware update (where the message might be “software unavailable”, this following procedure should reset your device.
1. Hold the light button in for more than 30 seconds. You will see no response, hear no beeps, nothing. This doesn’t mean it is not working.
2. Let go of the light button and the do a normal reset by holding the light button in for 3-5 seconds.
The watch should turn on.
If it doesn’t, then there might be another issue with the watch and you will need to either search the web site or call support to try and get it fixed.