Didj and Leapster Explorer TV Out
This how-to outlines the basic steps to enabling your Didj or Leapster Explorer to send a composite video signal to your television. For the story behind how we got this working see rosincore.com
Add user-space dual-screen support.
Add user-space external screen control.
A Didj you are willing to disassemble and solder parts to.
Kernel compilation environment. For example:
75 Ohm resistor
220pF capacitor (may be optional. this has been known to work with just the 75 Ohm resistor)
Composite jacks and or plugs
On the Didj
The LF1000 processor contains a current-driven digital-to-analog converter that can drive an external screen via CVBS (composite video). On the Didj, the DAC connection is exposed via Test Pad 6 (TP6) which can be found on the CPU side of the board.
To access TP6, you will need to remove the Didj main-board from the case. You may also find it more comfortable to work on TP6 with the LCD panel ribbon cable disconnected (its delicate, so be gentle as you pull out the ribbon cable)
Solder a strand of Kynar, or an IDE strand, or similar small-gauge wire to TP6. (Make sure the wire is long enough to exit the case where desired.)
Solder another strand of wire to ground. (ex: The metal on the cartridge socket is grounded.) (Make sure the wire is long enough to exit the case where desired)
Solder the end of the wire connected to TP6 to the middle pin of an RCA plug
Solder the end of the wire connected to GND to the outer ring of the RCA plug
Reassemble your Didj, routing the additional wires appropriately.
Build the filter circuit as follows:
(Note the capacitor may be optional. This hack has been known to work with just the 75 Ohm resistor)
Connect the side of the circuit with the resistor to the Didj, and the other side to your TV's Composite input jack.
The LF Kernel sources already contains all the code necessary to enable you to connect your Didj to a TV via a Composite Video (RCA-style) connection.
To enable this capability, you must first have a kernel cross compilation environment set up (see Requirements).
The adjustment itself is simple. If you have just set up your kernel compilation environment and are compiling for the first time, set up your kernel by running make menuconfig. This generates a file called .config .
Edit .config and toggle (or if its not present, add) the CONFIG_LF1000_DPC_DUAL_DISPLAY directive as follows:
Make any other adjustments you want and then build your kernel.
Take the resulting zImage and load it onto the Didj using Uart boot (or if toy have LB1.4 set up, an SD card)
Thats it! Shortly after rebooting, you should see an image on both the LCD and your TV.
(Note: This has been tested with a NTSC television. It is likely that some driver reconfiguration may be necessary to enable PAL.)