The ES datasheet http: There is also an issue with the game port on this card, detailed in the linked thread above. The DOS mixer software turned me off those cards however, and some minor incompatibilities with older games. This site hosts no abandonware. Reply with quote Re: The 71x can supposedly do that, however the setup program doesn’t know how.

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I haven’t had a chance to try any of the ISA AudioDrives but I’m looking forward to giving this baby a spin once it arrives.

Diablo ESS ESF Bit ISA Sound Card Overview – CNET

The on board amp can be turned off easily via jumpers. Dual Xeon X 4. I bought it new for a Pentium if I remember correctly.

There was a certain ESS card I tried and didn’t like because it could only play a couple of sounds at a time, or would play the first half of a sound and cut off the rest. There is no material that is knowingly illegal here.

Setup was easy enough and the Sound Blaster Pro compatibility seemed to be good, but it sounded like my speakers had been immersed in water.

Compaq Premier Sound ESS AudioDrive Es1869 ISA Sound Card ES1869F X071

This card is SB Pro compatible and sounds fantastic, very clean and crisp. The DB header is also quite unusual, one of the 5V pins and the midi-out pin is used as digital audio input, ess1869f can be used only by certain ESS DBs. This card does several things right.


I forget which one it was. Voodoo2s aren’t mhz stock Geforce isn’t released as a beta on New Years ’99 under the Quadro brand DOS gaming isn’t a bilinear x I have an integrated ES soundcard in my Compaq.

It seems to give popping noises on anything other than a Sound Blaster. Also the game had some minor SFX issues on that particular codec. Each behaved slightly differently with regard to WSS resources and I only managed to get the YMF to behave consistently, but not without a struggle, and even then the mixer settings were so far out of whack that – as always – I yanked the card out and swore to never touch one again.

VOGONS • View topic – ESS AudioDrive (ES) – a surprisingly good ISA sound card

There is also an issue with ea1869f game port on this card, detailed in the linked thread above. It insists on enabling WSS which is obviously not gonna work on 8-bit.

The ES datasheet http: I was able to turn the game port and CD-ROM connector off easily and configure the wavetable header to port It’s an international shipment so I’m still waiting: This disclaimer is brought to you thanks to the BSA.

I was about to give up and put the SB16 back in when I noticed this humble looking card, pulled from a junked Socket 7 machine at some time in the past and kept because it had a wavetable header: Perhaps this is Windows only option via the generic WSS 2. I dug through my box of sound cards looking for a replacement and tried an: Return to General Old Hardware.


EXE is likewise easy to use, and allowed me to set the MIDI and CD volumes both muted by defaultand the volume levels were perfect first time which is a rare thing in my experience. Also the wavetable header could not be configured to a useable port number this is done via jumpersthe lowest available was port ! The DOS mixer software turned me off those cards however, and some minor incompatibilities with older games.

It must have been late Reply with quote Re: I wants my Duke3D. This site hosts no abandonware. I tried 3 of these things, a YMF,and I believe it has more channels than the real thing, which the Windows MIDI driver can use for full 4-op sound.

The DOS software — which can be found on Vogon Drivers — is bare bones but is easy to use and powerful.