Leapster Explorer

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The Leapster Explorer (Leapfrog Enterprises)

Project Summary

The Leapster Explorer (like its predecessor the Didj) is a toy produced by Leapfrog marketed as an educational handheld gaming console for kids aged 4-9. Although it has a proprietary graphical front end, it runs a generic Linux distribution on the same ARM9-based processor as the Didj. Console access to the Explorer is achieved using the same method as found on the Didj.

Tutorials/How To's

How to Extract Files From the Firmware LFP file

Contents of the erootfs...

Leapster Explorer Memory Map

Lots more information on the Didj

Play Theora Video files from the LX UI

Technical Information

Scan of front side of Leapster Explorer mainboard.
Scan of back side of Leapster Explorer mainboard.
Leapster Explorer USB Host Pinout. http://wtfmoogle.com/?p=1190
Leapster Explorer USB Host Connector.

More Internal Photos Of the Explorer

CPU

RAM

64MB DDR SDRAM - Nanya NT5DS32M16CS-5T

Storage

512KB NOR - SST SST39VF040 (suspected for boot loader and default settings)

512MB NAND - Micron MT29F4G08AAC (for user data)

Display

1x Giantplus GPM824A0

Audio

1x Cirrus Logic CS43L22 audio codec

Networking support

Via USB Gadget Ethernet

Interface types

USB host/device

UART

Physical connectors

Cartridge socket (providing NAND, SDIO and UART)

2x CL245a Low-voltage octal fet bus switch

Mini USB port

A proprietary form-factor accessory port for USB camera

DC Power

Headphone

charger socket

Input devices

buttons, Touchscreen/stylus

Linux kernel

2.6.31

Misc

Flash support (via Flash Lite runtime)

OpenGL support

Discussion