My daughter did the same thing to the tip of her Leapster 2 stylus. I called Leap Frog at 1-800-701-5327 and was able to order a replacement stylus directly from them on credit card for $5.00 shipped.
I also took her old stylus and sanded the broken tip down with 100 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper to get rid of the sharp, cracked point and it works just fine. I figure I'll keep the sanded one as a spare in case she does something silly with it again.
The DS stylus is compatible with the leapster. You can get these in lots on eBay quite cheaply ( The ones from China etc are fine)
If the stylus wont work on the screen, the screen needs to be re-calibrated.
* step 1
Ensure that a cartridge is not inserted into the Leapster.
Hold down the Hint button (labelled with a "?") while powering on the Leapster. This will bring up a menu of options.
Press A ("Touch Calib") this will start the touch screen calibration process. "Starting touch calibration" will appear on the screen briefly followed by a black screen with a white cross in the upper left corner.
Touch the cross that appears with the stylus pen. When you touch it, the cross will change to 4 dots and then a new cross will appear on the screen. Repeat this process for 5 crosses total - one in each corner and one in the middle.
Turn the Leapster off and back on again. The touch screen should now be working again.
Or just go to the leapster website, go to F.A.Qs and look for the answer
Send $5.00 in check or money order (to cover shipping and handling charges) to LeapFrog Customer Service Leapster Replacement Stylus 563 North Fairview Street Santa Ana, CA 92703
You may want to call into the company as I have not checked on this personally, but this is what they said to do for a replacement.
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Just called Leap Frog and apparently this is a common problem (defective screen). As long as it was purchased within a year they will replace it for free. They ask you when and where you bought it. (You have to pay to send the broken one back it was like $5). Hope this helps.
We had a similar problem leapster turned on but would not let us chose a name for sign in. We held down the ? button when switching on then wen tthrough the stylus calibration and re-bootted. All started working again. Hope this helps
Ban Kee Trading, Inc. Eric Bautista tel: (632) 371-9978 ext. 114 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This appears to be the international distributer for those toys in your country. perhaps they will be able to assist you in finding a pen.
Did she lose the pen or it stopped working ?
You need calibration
Touch Screen Calibration is as: 1.) Ensure that a cartridge is NOT inserted. 2.) Hold down the Hint (’?') button while turning the unit on. 3.) When the LEAPSTER menu screen appears, press the ‘A’ button. 4.) Touch each of the crosshairs that appear with the stylus. 5.) Restart the unit.
ok, last night I was doing some research on my daughters leapster, its not a quantum leap, but maybe can be fixed the same way. I found out that you can "recalibrate" the machine. I used the instructions for the leapster, but here is what they said about the Quantum:
Turn the power on. Wait until you see the "Home" screen. Find the small hole in the back of your Pixter unit above the battery compartment door. That’s the calibration hole. Insert,
push and hold the stylus in the calibration hole. Turn Pixter over so
that you can see the screen. When you see two plus signs, remove the
stylus from the calibration hole. First touch the plus sign in the upper left corner with the tip of the stylus. Then touch the plus sign in the lower right corner with the tip of the stylus.
GOOD LUCK, HOPE THIS WORKS FOR YOU, I ALMOST THREW MINE OUT TOO AND NOW IT WORKS.
1) Ensure that a cartridge is not inserted2) Hold down the Hint (?) button while turning the unit on. Continue to hold the Hint button down until the LEAPSTER menu appears.3) When the LEAPSTER menu screen appears, press the A button4) Touch each of the crosshairs that appear with the stylus5) Restart unit