HowTo: Fix Leapster Explorer No Sound/Volume

Earlier today, my son came to me and said that his Leapster Explorer handheld console had no sound. I checked it and tried to adjust the volume settings. When I hit the volume increase button nothing happens but when I hit the volume decrease button the volume bar shows up on the bottom of the page. I tried restarting/rebooting the device hoping it would do the trick but it didn’t work.

The Leapster Explorer was working fine a few days back so I asked my son if he dropped it recently. He said he didn’t so I assumed that it was most likely a problem with the speaker, volume buttons or something with the hardware. I was able to fix it and restore the sound by opening up the device and manually adjusting the volume. If your child’s Leapster Explorer is experiencing the same issue, don’t worry because today I’ll be sharing with you the step-by-step process on how to fix it.

1. Turn off the Leapster Explorer and take out any game cartridges.
Leapster Explorer

2. Take out the battery pack.
Leapster Explorer

3. Remove all the screws on the back of the device. Make sure you keep the screws together in a secure place so you won’t lose them.
Leapster Explorer

4. Pull out the back cover.
Leapster Explorer

5. Locate the volume switches and take out the button.
Leapster Explorer

6. Take the battery pack and hold it down to the board.
Leapster Explorer

7. Turn the device on by pressing the power button.
Leapster Explorer

8. Get a small pointed device like a screwdriver and use it to press on the volume increase contact point.
Leapster Explorer

9. Increase the volume/sound to desired level.

10. Turn off the device and put everything back in place – volume button, back cover, screws, battery pack.

I’m not sure what caused the issue and why the volume increase button stopped working. This procedure is a simple hack and doesn’t really fix the issue with the volume buttons but it does do the job of restoring the Leapster Explorer’s volume/sound. Also, this procedure only works if the problem is with the volume switch. It won’t work if the speakers. wires or circuit board are broken. Hope this short and simple tutorial helps if you come across the same problem.

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  1. Nidhi

    November 7, 2019 at 4:44 AM

    What steps further did you have to take? Mine is still not working after following the instructions above :(

  2. Mel

    July 12, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    My daughter loves this old unit inherited from her big brother. I had to go a few steps further but this post helped out immensely thanks!! Still a good post 5 years later.

    • JP Habaradas

      July 12, 2017 at 7:25 PM

      Glad to know that this post helped you out Mel. You’re welcome and thank you for taking the time to post your comment.

  3. Becky

    December 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Thanks so much! It worked!

    • JP Habaradas

      December 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      You’re welcome Becky! Glad it worked for you.

  4. Jess

    November 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Thank you so much! I will be trying this right now!

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