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[Tutorial] - Getting shell access
#1
What you need:
  • USB to UART (TTL) Cable module PL2303 Converter - UK - US
  • Drivers - HERE
  • Putty - HERE


Install the drivers for your converter cable.

Open the device and solder to the points shown or modify a game cart and solder some wires on to the points shown. This way you can simply plug in the cartridge and not have to open the device.

Check out this URL for more info http://elinux.org/LeapFrog_Pollux_Platfo...Connection


   
   
   
   
   
   
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#2
(01-07-2014, 12:59 PM)Deak Phreak Wrote: What you need:
  • USB to UART (TTL) Cable module PL2303 Converter - UK - US
  • Drivers - HERE
  • Putty - HERE


Install the drivers for your converter cable.

Open the device and solder to the points shown or modify a game cart and solder some wires on to the points shown. This way you can simply plug in the cartridge and not have to open the device.

Check out this URL for more info http://elinux.org/LeapFrog_Pollux_Platfo...Connection

Can't wait to try this out tomorrow, after work stopping by wal-mart to get a game cart for fun, and one for my kid to play with. lol.
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#3
If you are wanting to get one to take apart and built a connector, i'd suggest just going on Ebay so you are not paying full price for one. I found on on a local classified ads site for $5 to use for my hardware mod.
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#4
Hey, I noticed you have references to the pl2303 usb-serial... Not a bad choice, but:

http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/...Serial.htm

has several with different voltages.  In case anyone needs something less than 3.3V (not many systems, but I've
worked with a few).  The drivers seem to work universally pretty much (not that the pl2303 doesn't, but... I've
run into some troublesome pl2303 cables.  May have been driver issues.  But not these guys.  They even have
a variable voltage one, if you're so inclined).
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#5
Hi Deak I'm having a hard time with two shell commands. I'm not very good at it. How to close Developer mode so my leappad gos back to normal. & the command for transferring my user data off of my leapppad2 to my computer So i have a backup of my game data.
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#6
if you have set up FTP access while in developer mode then you can just browse to the flags folder and delete the developer file. If you don't and only have shell access then do rm /flags/developer which will remove the flag.

The best way to backup your data is to setup FTP access while in developer mode which you can read about here http://spiffyhacks.com/thread-215.html and then copy the data off. I don't remember where this data is stored... somewhere in the /LF folder I believe.
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#7
When i try to connect my LP2 to the leappad manager using the PL2303 Cable it say it can't connect to device! How do i make it connect.
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#8
You can't connect if you are in developer mode. If you have that removed, reboot the device and try again. If it still doesn't work, then read through the thread http://spiffyhacks.com/thread-212.html for info that others have used to get theirs to connect.
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#9
Thank you! This was the most fun project I have done lately... it "Just Works" ™.

I used a MAX3323 RS232 <-> TTL Uart converter.... as I had some around. Only required 4 capacitors and 3.3v.
http://www.maximintegrated.com/en/produc...ml/tb_tab0

I used the image on http://elinux.org/LeapFrog_Pollux_Platform:_Cartridge to find the 3.3v line.

6 (3.3v), 8(gnd), 11(rx), 12(tx)

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Cart still works great too.
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#10
Sweet, looks like what we did here http://spiffyhacks.com/thread-48.html
Definitely an easy way to get shell access to the device without opening it up.
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