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Won't turn on.

We just replaced the batteries in my daughter's Leapster L-Max and it will not turn on at all. It does nothing. Please help! I already bought her some Leapster games for Christmas!


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  • alisona0918 Dec 13, 2008

    I have the same problem and would like to fix it rather than buy a new one. We bought the power supply and that does nothing at all. Ours is actually the Lmax. My husband is an Electrical Engineer and did take it apart and was really unable to do anything without the schematics for it. HELP. My three year old is having a melt down.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    Brand new leapster turned on & worked initially and after about a half hour had a distorted audio buzzing sound and unit died. New batteries ,no help!

  • jonequest Dec 26, 2008

    worked fine for 3 years, then dead for no reason. Customer tech support is a joke, they kept telling me to clean the battery contacts, which I did of course. I am an electronic service tech and cannot find a way to reset this thing.

  • judymosk Jan 17, 2009

    Our leapster will turn on but only with one of the game cartridges. It won't turn on with other games or without a cartridge in it.

  • hollowaywm Jan 25, 2009

    left the leapster in the car overnight it was cold (maybe 28 degrees), but not to the point a malfunction should occur.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    we also bought the leapster l max and it will not turn on, even with the 3rd set of new batteries - can anybody help - the company won't

  • myramohney Mar 30, 2009

    New Leapster worked fine for 3 months and then all of a sudden died for no reason. New batteries won't work and neither will charging it with AC Adapter.

  • froggymillie Apr 01, 2009

    My granddaughter has a Leapster L-max and it won't turn on at all. I don't understand why this is happening to alot of people as I have been reading and no help from Leapster is offered. Now that the time has expired for the company to replace what do we do??? My granddaughter (4 years old) cries alot due to this problem. It sure doesn't help when her sister old Leapster works.

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    I just replaced the batteries in my daughters pink leapster and it won't turn on. I have tried lots of new batteries thinking that the originals were out of juice. Now what?

  • baldface Apr 21, 2009

    Same problem with a pink leapster.  I was working just fine, then we replaced the batteries, now it won't come on at all.  It was the first time I've replaced the batteries, and everything inside is clean and I just put some new duracels in it.  Frustrating stuff....

  • Barbara14 May 19, 2009

    We've had the same problem with our Leapster!! We actually exchanged it twice already. Our batteries are fully charged but it continues to turn off for no apparent reason?? Is there a fix for this?

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    I am having the same problem with my son's Leapster which he received for Christmas. It worked for a couple of months but will no longer power on. The batteries are non-rechargeable and new.

  • baldface May 11, 2010

    Maybe they should change their name to CHEAPSTER!  I think the leapfrog stuff used to be of good quality but now...not so much...


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Call customer service 800-701-5327 they might be willing to replace it even after warranty has expired.

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Did you try rechargeable batteries or non rechargeable batteries? I had the same problem with the rechargeable batteries and as soon as I tried non rechargeable ones, it worked fine.

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