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Leapfrog Leapster I bought my son this and initially the pen worked fine on the screen, but after a couple of months now it doesnt always work when touching the screen to get it to do things.My 4 yr old son has autism and is getting extremely frustrated when nothing happens, please can you help asap as this is the 2nd one we have got for him, the first one had the same problem and we took it back and got it changed. many thanks, catherine.

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  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    When calibrating the screen does not respond in the center?? Now what??

  • ingramfam Dec 26, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. While calibrating the Leapster, the corners work but the center does not. Would it help to disassemble it or is it a lost cause?

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    Unit boots fine, when asked to enter usernames, can't do anything. I tried holding the 3 buttons simultaneously, didn't work. This is a Leapster2

  • Bill Wimmer Jan 12, 2009

    My son's leapster is only days old and the screen stopped working

  • mande0234 Jan 14, 2009

    I have the same problem. I've tried to calibrate however touching the screen with the stylus doesn't work anywhere other than the corners. For some games I've noticed that by waiting you may be able to bypass entering a name however that isn't always the case and then those games are useless. What can we do to correct this issue?

  • Thepopo Mar 07, 2009

    Exactly the same issue - corners are OK, but cannot calibrate the center.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    I have the same touch screen problem. Tried both solutions suggested here (holding Home/Hint/B buttons and Hint button while powering on) to recalibrate. In both cases, touching the corners worked fine, but nothing happened when touching the stylus in the center. Is this a chronic problem with Leapster touch screens, or does it just wear out?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    Excelent, Solution #2 works perfect on our Leapster 2...

    Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    I'm having the same problem, however when I go to the calibration option the screen says "starting touch calibration..." then the screen goes dark. The machine doesn't turn off, it just doesn't do anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2009

    I did both approaches and neither worked. The hint-power option just left a blank screen. The home-hint-b at sign up causes "touch the center of the target" to appear. The target never appears.

  • babeet86 May 11, 2009

    I have followed all the steps to fix the stylus but for some reaon a target or crosshairs do not appear.


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I've tried the Home and A button several places... and it seems to work for others but not me :( I was about to give up then I found another way to reset the screen - Hope it works for you!

1. Unit must be OFF and NO cartridge
2. Hold down the HINT (?) button while turning the unit on
3. When Leapster menu screen appears, press the A button
4. Touch each of the cross hairs that appear with the stylus
5. Restart unit

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Thank by your help, the solution #2 fix my problem with the unit of my sister

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Solution #2 worked first time for my daughter's Leapster2

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Yes, this worked perfectly fine for me. thanks a ton.

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The following are instructions for calibrating the Leapster™ handheld.(1) Insert a cartridge, turn the unit on and wait for the sign-in screen to appear.(2) Hold down the Home, Hint and B buttons simultaneously.(3) When the screen changes, press the A button.(4) Using the Stylus, touch the center of the targets.

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