Leapster Explorer

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This device is part of the LeapFrog Pollux Platform, it's recommended to start there for general information.

The Leapster Explorer (Leapfrog Enterprises)


LeapFrog Pollux Platform

The Leapster Explorer is part of 3 different devices that all share a common hardware platform, based around the Pollux SoC. The platform page contains information generic across these devices, and it is recommended that you refer to that page as it is a good starting point to understanding the Leapster Explorer, and contains some basic How To's and Tutorials to get you started.

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.

Lots more information on the Didj


Sources and Toolchains

Tutorials/How To's




LeapFrog Flash UI



Firmware Image


Compiling Source Code

Technical Information

Device Comparison

Leapster Explorer Memory Map

Camera Interface

File System Contents List

Default Boot CommandLine

init=/sbin/init console=ttyS0,115200 mem=46M mlc_fb=0x82E00000,0x01200000 ram=0x80000000-0x83FFFFFF screen_module=ILI9322    
ebs=0x20000,0x0 root=ubi0_0 rw rootfstype=ubifs ubi.mtd=RFS


Name Location Size Device Notes
Emerald_Boot 0x00000000 0x00100000 /dev/mtd0 On NOR
I18n_Screens 0x00100000 0x00100000 /dev/mtd1 On NAND
Kernel 0x00200000 0x00800000 /dev/mtd2 On NAND
RFS 0x00A00000 0x05600000 /dev/mtd3 On NAND
Bulk 0x06000000 0x1A000000 /dev/mtd4 On NAND
NOR_Boot 0x0007E000 /dev/mtd5
MfgData0 0x00001000 /dev/mtd6
MfgData1 0x00001000 /dev/mtd7
ubi_rfs 0x0534d800 /dev/mtd8
ubi_bulk 0x194f2800 /dev/mtd9
Cartridge 0x00000000 0x10000000 On Cartridge NAND