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LeapPad Explorer

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Title Screen

LeapPad Explorer

Developers: LeapFrog Enterprises
Publisher: LeapFrog Enterprises
Platform: LeapPad Explorer
Released in US: July 2011


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A kids tablet that is, like the Leapster before it, built off of the magic of Adobe Flash. Also, those apps cost a TON, usually being $10 each (yes, you read that correctly.)

Hmmm...
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There are some unused narrator clips present in the files. Rip and upload 'em.

Sub-pages

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Test Mode
The test mode hidden in the firmware.

Developer Mode

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Actually document this feature, and the debug level. (there's some info about this here)
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There is a secret developer mode hidden in the firmware that can be activated by setting the developer flag on the LeapPad using LeapPad Manager (download, unzip, and launch the software, connect the LeapPad via USB, and on the navigation bar, click LeapPad -> Connect, then once it's connected, on the menu bar, click Development Tools -> Load Dev Mode). This will enable features like FTPing into the LeapPad via USB (which can be used to rip files and such), and some extra options in the Parent Menu (accessed by holding Volume Up and Home on the login screen). Specifically, these options include Cheats (which doesn't appear to do anything, it may have been used during development to test certain areas within games) and a debug level (currently undocumented).

The only caveat is that enabling this mode will disable the normal communications using LeapFrog Connect (or an equivalent tool that uses the same protocol, like LeapPad Manager). The developer flag (located in /flags/developer) will need to be deleted via FTP to escape this mode.

Leapster Explorer Leftovers

The LeapPad was built off of the Leapster Explorer, and so there unsurprisingly are some leftovers.

Images

Some images from the Leapster Explorer made it over to the LeapPad:

Brightness Meter

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Leftover brightness meter.


Charging Screen

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Leftover charging screen. While the LeapPad2 does have a rechargeable battery, this screen also goes unused there since the power light glows orange when the system is charging, eliminating the need for a charging screen.

Sound Effects

Leftover Final

Leftover app launch sound effect. The final's is much simpler, being the default "click" sound.

Revision Differences

Hardware

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To do:
Rip and upload the old and new main menu music for comparison.
  • On July 2011, the original LeapPad Explorer was released. It has 64 MB of RAM, a Pollux VF3520F clocked at 393 MHz, and 2GB of internal storage.
  • On August 2012, the LeapPad 2 was released, which features faster clock speeds (550 MHz), probably the same CPU, twice the internal storage (4GB), and a selfie camera (the photos app(let) was updated to reflect the addition of a new camera) Also, remixed main menu music.

Software

Hmmm...
To do:
Document software revisions and updates, there are probably a lot of them.

Internal Names

According to some internal files, the internal name for the LeapPad appears to be "Madrid". However, some other internal files refer to the LeapPad as simply "LPad".

Oddly, the internal name for the Leapster Explorer is also revealed in the files (Emerald).