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 coonsole for kids aged 5-10. 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

Lots more information on the Didj

Technical Information

Contents of the erootfs...


LF1000 (ARM926ejs, same as found in the Didj), clocked at 533MHz.


64MB DDR SDRAM - Nanya NT5DS32M16CS-5T


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

512MB NAND - Micron MT29F4G08AAC(for user data)

Networking support

Via USB Gadget Ethernet

Interface types

USB host/device


Physical connectors

Cartridge socket (providing NAND, SDIO and UART)

Mini USB port

A proprietary form-factor accessory port for USB camera

DC Power


charger socket

Input device

buttons, Touchscreen/stylus

Linux Kernel



Flash support (via Flash Lite runtime)

OpenGL support