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Leapster wont power on?

Leapster wont power on... it has new batteries but the connections look like they have a little corrosion on them but it won't turn on at all. any suggestions?

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Take a fine file or sand paper to the connections this usually works.

Posted on Feb 04, 2013


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SOURCE: When we inserted a new game cartridge (Pet Pals

its not recognizing the game, contact is probably dirty. take an eraser and rub the contacts of the cartridge and get them super clean, blow out ALL the debris and that should fix it.
good luck!

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SOURCE: Leapster pen not working

1) Ensure that a cartridge is not inserted 2) 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 button 4) Touch each of the crosshairs that appear with the stylus 5) Restart unit

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The speaker of your leapster explorer maybe defective, this can make it not bring out any sound. Disassemble the leapster explorer, check the speaker part, test the speaker with a AA battery. If you hear any sound using the battery, then it means there is nothing wrong with the speaker.
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If non of the above is the cause of the problem, then it means the leapster explorer is having a defective sound ic/board/card. There is an IC on the board of the leapster explorer which is responsible for sound. If this ic has a shot, there won't be any sound. If this be the cause, I think it's high time to took the leapster explorer to a repairman because this requires skill.
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With new batteries the leapster should of turned on. Take the batteries out and look on the contacts inside where the batteries would normally go. See if there any corrosion or anything sticking to the contacts. If it is then clean it with a rag and glass cleaner and then try new batteries again, if it doesn't work then you know the mainboard inside is bad. Also if nothing is on the contacts and you know for sure the batteries are new then the mainboard would still be the culprit. At that point you would have to buy a new leapster because there is no parts available for it. If its under warranty bring it back to the store where you got it so they can get you another one.

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if there is corrosion from old batteries, you will need to neutralize the acid. take an old toothbrush and some baking soda with a little bit of water and brush the coil and convex area of the copper connector.
Leapster will also offer you a new one at 1/2 the price if you agree to ship back your old broken one.
You will need to get their phone number off the net.

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I have never used the Leapster before, But I researched it a bit and discovered that it uses "AA" Batteries. Were the rechargeable batteries you used before designed for the Leapster or were they older Ni-Cad (Nickel Cadmium) style batteries? Older Ni-Cads put out a slightly higher voltage than standard (1.7v) as opposed to the standard 1.5v. This could possibly cause problems. If you have only had it for a few months than it should be warranty protected. Hope this helps. Cheers!

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