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Device will not turn on ¶ 

You’ve held down the power button for an hour, and nothing happens.

Battery is Dead ¶ 

If you’ve used your LeapPad3 nonstop or left it on all night long, the battery may be dead. You will need to charge the battery to be able to resume use of the device. The device comes with a charging cable that can connect to wall outlet. Once plugged in, the screen should display a battery symbol to indicate the device is charging. In addition, the usb adapter can be used to charge the device while connected to the computer. The device takes about four hours to charge through the adapter and about seven hours through the usb port. If the screen does not display the symbol or if the device does not retain a charge please continue reading below.

Battery Will Not Charge ¶ 

If the device is unable to hold a charge, the battery may be damaged and in need of a replacement. In order to accomplish this task you will need a replacement battery. The guide to replace the battery can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Battery Replacement .

Motherboard is Irreparable ¶ 

If the battery is working properly but the device will still not turn on, the motherboard may need to be replaced. In order to accomplish this task you will need a replacement motherboard which can be purchased online. The guide for replacing the motherboard can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Motherboard Replacement .

Device is Unable to Hold a Charge ¶ 

You’ve plugged it in, it’s been there for hours and nothing happens.

Charging Cord is Not Attached Properly ¶ 

If the device is not charging properly, ensure the cord is secured firmly inside the device. If the device is still not charging, ensure the switch to the outlet in which the device is plugged in is turned on, or the usb port is working properly. If the battery continues to resist charging please continue reading below.

Battery Cord is Frayed ¶ 

If the device will not charge and the charging interface is working properly, the battery cord may be frayed or the wires cut. To fix this problem, a new usb and/or a new adapter may be purchased online.

Battery Will not Charge ¶ 

If the device is unable to hold a charge, the battery may be damaged and in need of a replacement. In order to accomplish this task you will need a replacement battery. The guide to replace the battery can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Battery Replacement .

Screen is Unresponsive ¶ 

You’re tapping on the screen and absolutely nothing is happening.

Device is Stuck on Single Screen ¶ 

If the device is frozen on a single screen or cannot power off, the device may need a reboot.

Blue Dots Appear at the Bottom of the Screen ¶ 

If the device is frozen on a black screen with a few blue sections near the bottom of the screen the device may need to be rebooted as described in the Device Reset Guide. If this does not fix the issue, another possible issue could be a damaged motherboard. The guide for replacing the motherboard can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Motherboard Replacement .

Display is Scratched or Abraded ¶ 

If the display is scratched or abraded beyond use, the display assembly may need to be replaced. In order to accomplish this you will need a new display assembly which can be purchased online. The guide for replacing the motherboard can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Display Assembly Replacement .

Camera Images Appear Black or Cloudy ¶ 

The camera is on, but nothing is showing.

Camera Lens is Dirty ¶ 

If the camera images appear cloudy or distorted, the camera lens may be dirty. In order to clean the device, take a clean rag free of lint and gently wipe both the front and back lenses. Be careful not to apply too much pressure and crack either lens. If the camera images are still distorted or cloudy, the camera may be damaged, in which case please continue to read below.

Camera is Dead ¶ 

If the camera lenses are both clean and one or both of the cameras are displaying no or distorted images, the cameras may be damaged. After diagnosing which camera needs to be replaced, the guides to replace them can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Front Facing Camera Replacement, Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement .

Speakers are Unresponsive ¶ 

The volume is turned up, but nothing is playing.

Speaker Have Debris in It ¶ 

If the volume is turned up and there is no sound coming from the speakers, the speaker may be dirty. In order to clean the speaker, take a clean rag and rub the speaker. If this does not work, a can of compressed air can be used to blow dust out of the speaker. Avoid blowing into the speaker as moisture in your breath could damage the speaker. If the sound is still low, the speaker may be damaged, please continue reading below.

Audio Jack Has Debris in It ¶ 

If headphones are plugged in and there is no sound coming from them, the audio jack may have debris in it. In order to fix this problem, using a can of compressed air, blow air into the audio jack to loosen debris. Avoid blowing into the audio jack as moisture in your breath could damage the audio jack. If there is still no sound coming from the headphones, the audio jack may be damaged, please continue reading below.

Speaker is Dead and in Need of Replacement ¶ 

If the volume is turned up and the speaker is free of debris, the speaker may be damaged and in need of replacement. In order to accomplish this, you will need an additional speaker, along with the accompanied audio board, which can be purchased online. The guide for replacing the speaker can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Speaker Replacement .

Audio Jack is Dead and in Need of Replacement ¶ 

If the audio jack is free of debris and the volume is turned up, the audio jack may be in need of replacement. You will need a replacement audio board, as shown in the Speaker Replacement Guide, in order to accomplish this, which may be purchased online.

Game Cartridges are Not Reading ¶ 

The game is plugged in, but nothing is happening.

Cartridge Slot has Debris in It ¶ 

If a game cartridge is not reading, it may be because there is debris in the game cartridge slot. In order to clear the slot of debris, you can use a can of compressed air to loosen debris inside the slot. Avoid blowing into the cartridge slot as moisture from your breath could damage the slot. If the cartridge is still not reading, the slot may need to be replaced.

Cartridge Slot is Dead and in Need of Replacement ¶ 

If the cartridge slot is free of debris and still will not read game cartridges, it may be damaged and in need of replacement. In order to accomplish this task, you will need to purchase a replacement cartridge slot online. To replace the cartridge slot, you will need to replace the whole motherboard. The guide for such can be found here: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Motherboard Replacement .

2 Comments

My daughter's leappad3 play button is not functioning when she selects a video to watch

kayewats - Reply

where can i buy replacement speaker and audio? the headphone works but speaker dead

Gilberte Lal - Reply

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