This is usually where PnP cards are detected and displayed, so it may be a PnP card. It’s very quiet, the drivers are small and easy to use, especially if you like command line tools. I have three in total. It’s using the ESF chipset, the specs of which can be found here: I’m with Anonymous Coward, for me it is a really interesting idea for saving a slot in a PnP utility will work with the card in 8-bit slot.

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And this is what’s been puzzling me–if you make a card that handles CF only, you can simplify the design greatly–basically all you need to do is buffer the data lines and decode the address lines. The wavetable is muted by default, and it’s labelled ‘Aux1’ or something like that.

But anyway, re-using these sound cards in this way would be very cool if it can be made to work with the PnP thing. It won’t require any additional hardware, and I can save a slot in my Probably has something to do with their sounv in mobile devices and digicams.

I’m thinking that using that and the onboard IDE port in 8-bit mode with a CF card should save me a slot.


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This site hosts eound abandonware. I don’t see why not. Not if you run the CF card in 8-bit mode you can’t do that with most IDE hard drives, but it’s been my experience that all CF cards support the mode.

What am I missing? I’m with Anonymous Coward, for me it is a really interesting idea for saving a slot in a PnP utility will work with the card in 8-bit slot.

Surprisingly mine is PnP. This site hosts no abandonware.

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Only negative I found is that on all 3 cards the wavetable Stereo gets reversed. I bought it new for a Pentium if I remember correctly.

Was this for some kind of proprietary Compaq bus? Stereo wavetable output is reversed, which is a bit of a bummer, but otherwise I haven’t found anything negative. This disclaimer is brought e1868 you thanks to the BSA. The datasheet page one, not the little product brief indicates that configuration data is contained there.

However it seems the card takes two DMAs, 1 and 0. Es188 it work in an 8-bit slot? Any chance you could give it a go with SoftMPU?

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So just to confirm, the ES chip itself has 8-bit interface and works properly in a 8-bit slot. I’ve suggested it in another thread. 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.


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.

Perhaps this is Windows only option via the generic WSS 2. When you add IDE hard drives, things get more complicated.

All other signals are connected directly to the IDE bus. Whats missing in your collections? Unless, that is, I want to suss out the configuration utility I don’t. Tyrian is a e1868 one for clones. I have an integrated ES soundcard in my Compaq.

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The on board amp can be turned off easily via jumpers. Since it have a Wavetable, does anyone know a good daughterboard that I can buy from Ebay?

I wants my Duke3D.