How to Reset a Leapfrog Leapster

Written by brenda priddy
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The Leapfrog Leapster is a handheld electronic game system for children ages 5 to 8. It uses a video screen and elements of playtime to teach and reinforce educational concepts. The Leapster can play cartridge games and games downloaded from the Internet. If a child misuses the Leapster, it can lock up or its screen may go dark. You can reset the Leapster to get it working again.

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Things you need

  • AA batteries
  • Small Phillips screwdriver
  • Pen or other pointed object

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  1. 1

    Put the screwdriver into the screw hole in the small panel on the back of the Leapster. Remove the screw, and open the panel.

  2. 2

    Remove the batteries from the Leapster and discard them. Find the small "reset" button behind the panel cover. The reset button should be black or red.

  3. 3

    Press the reset button with the pointed object. Hold the button down for about three to five seconds.

  4. 4

    Put fresh batteries into the battery chamber. Make sure the flat side of each battery connects with the springs in each battery channel. Screw the panel cover back into place.

  5. 5

    Press the Leapster's "on/off" button. When the Leapster comes on, enter the country information and the player's name.

  6. 6

    Press the "hint" button, which opens a pop-up help menu. Press the "A" button. Use the stylus to touch the centre of the small crosshairs on the screen to calibrate the touch screen.

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