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Reply 22 of 30, by Paar

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Interesting, in that case those chips are probably salvaged parts from daughterboards showed in the first post. The information about ES982 chips is so scarce that I'm starting to believe they were used only on handful of Compaq boards and nothing else.

Reply 23 of 30, by Paar

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I have an interesting discovery to share - I have found out that ES982 chips were used in some Compaq laptops too, in the docking station to be more specific. You can see the pictures on this site together with Doom E1M1 MIDI sample. I must say it sounds promising, definitely better than ES981P wavetable. I have asked the owner for more MIDI samples, hopefully he will be able to provide them.

Reply 24 of 30, by detalite

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I have found out that ES982 chips were used in some Compaq laptops too

COMPAQ Armada 7300 series - 7330T, 7350MT, 7360DMT, 7362DMT, 7370DMT, 7380DMT
COMPAQ Armada 7700 series - 7710MT, 7730MT, 7750MT,7770DMT, 7790DMT, 7792DMT

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Reply 26 of 30, by Pierre32

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I thought the incorrectly written "COPY RIGHT" was an amusing giveaway, but seems from @detalite's pic that ESS did it that way too.

Notable differences to this line of text in the China chips is that the first one prefixes it with ® (which makes no sense) and the ones posted after that use (c) but not ©. Curious.

Reply 27 of 30, by detalite

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Yeah, 7300 and 7700 series seem to be the only ones that have those chips in TSOP form factor

Compaq Armada 7400 and 7800 series uses ES692F with integrated 1MB ROM.

ES690F and ES689 have 21 bit adress space (up to 4MB). ES981 needs only 19 bit adress and ES982 should have 20 bit address line. There is one question, does those synthesizer have some kind of ROM autodetection mechanism.

PS. After listening to the samples there is noticably less compresion in high-pitched sounds.

Reply 29 of 30, by cyclone3d

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Just posted this in the Bought This Retro Hardware Today thread but posting here as well.

Behold, the Compaq ES689F / ES982 daughterboard:

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Here is the part of the seller's potato cam pic with the ESS daughterboard:

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This came in a scrap lot with the motherboard that it originally came from.

The motherboard part number is 005491-101 or 214079-001 . It is from the Presario 9500 series.
Motherboard datasheet:

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The motherboard I received in the scrap lot is pretty much trashed as somebody ripped all the I/O ports off and it has a broken trace or 2. I do have another board that is the same so I might save this one for spare parts just in case.

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Reply 30 of 30, by Paar

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This is excellent find! I wonder if the daughterboard is exclusive to 9500 series (as seen on the win3x.org website) or is included even in other series. Niel from RMC has a 9200 model, unfortunately the part with wavetable header is occluded with some other board. But according to the product sheet for 9200/9600 models, wave table is included with Presario 9640, 9642, 9650, 9660. With 9500 series, it should be inluded with models 9542, 9546, 9548, 9564. 9200s are probably without it to lower the cost.

Would be nice to finally hear some comparison with ES981!