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Thank you Garmin!

I bought a brand new Edge 500 off of eBay last May.  It has been great, except the lap / reset button has been getting progressively harder and harder to press.  I’d press it and it wouldn’t register which sucked because in order to record a ride so that its data can be exported you have to press and hold the button for 3 seconds.  It finally got to the point where I was unable to record my last ride last week.

I was prepared to pay $89 in order to RMA my device because even if I wasn’t a few months past the end of the warranty period, since I bought it off eBay the warranty was never valid.  I called the RMA line and explained my problem.  The operator was nice enough to extend the warranty to me!  All I had to do was mail in my broken Edge and they sent me a refurbished model that is as good as a new unit.  Thanks Garmin!

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Get data off of an Edge 500 with Linux

If you want to use a site like Strava or Ride With GPS to track your rides you’ll need to upload fit files from your Edge.  Luckily it is a quick and easy to do so.  First use `sudo blkid` to get the volume label so you can make an entry in /etc/fstab to easily mount the device. You’ll see something like this:

/dev/sdc: SEC_TYPE="msdos" LABEL="GARMIN" UUID="BF82-4CA9" TYPE="vfat"

You’ll want to use either the label or UUID values to point to your Garmin device, especially if you have several USB drives.  If you use /dev/sdc the next time you plug in your Edge it might be /dev/sdb or /dev/sdd instead.  If your only Garmin device is your Edge 500 go ahead and use the label, if you have more than one the unique ID in the UUID field will work best for you.  Below is the entry I made to my /etc/fstab file.

LABEL="GARMIN" /mnt/garmin vfat noauto,user 0 0

You can put the mount point, in my case /mnt/garmin, where ever you like. You’ll need root permissions to create a directory in /mnt, but the options in the above fstab entry will give ordinary users permission to mount the device there and read-write to the files on the device. The vfat option tells your computer the device is using a fat32 formatted filesystem, noauto prevents the device from being mounted automatically, and the user option was covered above. Since noauto is being used to mount the Garmin you have to use

mount /mnt/garmin

to be able to see the files stored onboard. When you are done use

umount /mnt/garmin

so that you don’t corrupt any files when you unplug the USB cable.

Once you’ve mounted your Edge navigate to Garmin/Activities.  In this directory you’ll find .fit files for each of your rides.  You can upload them directly from here or copy or move them to your hard drive for safe keeping.  You’ll want to clear the Activities folder from time to time, the Edge doesn’t have much storage space.

I almost killed my new Edge 500

Quick summary:  If the new Edge 500 firmware update (3.0) bricked your device press and hold the Page/Menu button as you plug the USB cable into your computer.  This will start the Edge in mass storage mode and you’ll be able to explore the file system and delete the firmware update file.  Now on to the whole nerdy story!

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