Introduction

The motherboard is the brain of the device and controls all of the functions. This guide is for those of whom that are looking to replace their LeapPad's motherboard due to damage or issues. Like always, take extra caution when handling the device when its components are exposed. It is important to follow the guide word-by-word to avoid performing the steps incorrectly so that no further damage results.

Remove the barcode covering the screws on the lower back of the Leap Pad.
  • Remove the barcode covering the screws on the lower back of the Leap Pad.

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Remove the two 5mm screws that were covered by the sticker.
  • Remove the two 5mm screws that were covered by the sticker.

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Take plastic opening tool and pry off the outer protective child proof casing, starting from the bottom.
  • Take plastic opening tool and pry off the outer protective child proof casing, starting from the bottom.

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Remove the 7mm screw to the right of the cartridge dock, two 8mm screws in the top left, and the nine 8mm screws holding the the green shell.
  • Remove the 7mm screw to the right of the cartridge dock, two 8mm screws in the top left, and the nine 8mm screws holding the the green shell.

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Take off the hard plastic casing, exposing the motherboard and battery.
  • Take off the hard plastic casing, exposing the motherboard and battery.

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The battery will be glued down, so use the flat end of the spudger to pry out the battery pack. Then using your fingers, grab the wire at the connection point and unplug the battery connector. Replace the battery with a new one. The battery will be glued down, so use the flat end of the spudger to pry out the battery pack. Then using your fingers, grab the wire at the connection point and unplug the battery connector. Replace the battery with a new one.
  • The battery will be glued down, so use the flat end of the spudger to pry out the battery pack. Then using your fingers, grab the wire at the connection point and unplug the battery connector. Replace the battery with a new one.

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Disconnect the three wires that will be visible on top of the motherboard. The wires need to be disconnected by pulling them up vertically. Disconnect the three wires that will be visible on top of the motherboard. The wires need to be disconnected by pulling them up vertically. Disconnect the three wires that will be visible on top of the motherboard. The wires need to be disconnected by pulling them up vertically.
  • Disconnect the three wires that will be visible on top of the motherboard. The wires need to be disconnected by pulling them up vertically.

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Unscrew the four screws holding the motherboard into the housing. Unscrew the four screws holding the motherboard into the housing.
  • Unscrew the four screws holding the motherboard into the housing.

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Lift the motherboard up exposing the fourth and final wire. Once you life up the motherboard you will need to pull down on the wire to disconnect. Lift the motherboard up exposing the fourth and final wire. Once you life up the motherboard you will need to pull down on the wire to disconnect. Lift the motherboard up exposing the fourth and final wire. Once you life up the motherboard you will need to pull down on the wire to disconnect.
  • Lift the motherboard up exposing the fourth and final wire. Once you life up the motherboard you will need to pull down on the wire to disconnect.

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Remove and replace motherboard.
  • Remove and replace motherboard.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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