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There is a placeholder background in the files which would probably be used if you had no background set for the home menu screen. Get a rip and upload it here.
| Test Mode|
The test mode hidden in the firmware.
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.
Unused Narrator Voice Lines
There are some unused voice lines belonging to the Narrator.
|"Connect your LeapPad to your computer to claim your LeapWorld tokens!"||A hint telling the user to connect their LeapPad to their computer to claim their LeapWorld tokens. It was used until LeapWorld was discontinued in 2017 and incorporated into the LeapFrog Connect application."|
|"You can change your level, profile picture, or background by tapping one of these buttons!"||Alternate take of the hint given on the About Me page. Strangely, The Narrator says "Level" instead of "Grade" like in the final version."|
|"You're signed in as Guest."||Alternate take of the hint given when the user taps on the Guest icon in the home screen.|
|"Please try another name."||Unknown. Probably would play whenever the user either inputs an inappropriate name or inputs an already existing name.|
|"If you change your name, all your data will be lost."||A hint warning the user that changing their name will erase all data on the profile. Because user data is sorted by an ID system, this message isn't needed.|
|"To do: Add 'Connect message audio'"||A To-do message for adding a so-called "Connect Message Audio" file. Likely intended for the developers.|
|"Change the order of the icons on your home menu by tapping the right and left arrows!"||Alternate take of hint given when dragging apps on the Home Screen.|
Leapster Explorer Leftovers
The LeapPad Explorer was built off of the Leapster Explorer, and so there unsurprisingly are some leftovers.
Some images from the Leapster Explorer made it over to the LeapPad:
Leftover brightness meter.
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.
Leftover app launch sound effect. The final's is much simpler, being the default "click" sound.
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), A new 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. There is also a new background that wasnt in the original LeapPad which takes place in the beach with a palmtree.
Document software revisions and updates, there are probably a lot of them.
According to some internal files, the internal name for the LeapPad Explorer 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).