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First post, by andrewls

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Hi guys,
Have a PC with windows 98 and trying to get an ESS es1938S (1938 chipset) PCI card going under DOS.
The SYS file loads OK but the ESSOLO.COM in the autoexec.bat file comes back with the message:

Please use Windows Software Applet to enable Sound Blaster, MPU401 and Game port for Real/Windows DOS

I have tried installing a Windows 98 version and can't locate this supposed 'software applet'.
Has anybody got a working configuration under DOS for a ES1938S card they can share?
Cheers

Reply 2 of 4, by cde

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Sorry to wake up an old thread, but after getting an ESS Solo-1 from eBay and installing it, initially I couldn't manage to get it to work under DOS and Windows 98 SE using the drivers provided on Phil's computer lab website: https://www.philscomputerlab.com/ess-es1938s-solo-1.html , on a K8M890-based motherboard (MSI K9VGM-V), which has TDMA support, same as K8T890-based motherboards as reported in PCI sound cards and Chipsets from various manufacturers...

The first issue was under DOS, I would get the message "Please use Windows Software Applet to enable Sound Blaster, MPU401 and Game Port for Read/Windows DOS. Cannot find the AudioDrive". After some digging, this was caused by the lack of file "ESSOLO.INI", a 16-byte file that can otherwise be found here: https://www.vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fil … =60&menustate=0

Note that Phil's DOS driver includes a file named ESSCFG.INI that I found unneeded (contrary to ESSOLO.INI). His archive provides ESSVOL.EXE which is very useful, however his suggestion of setting /a:0 mutes the waveblaster, so if you have installed a waveblaster card and get no MIDI sound use instead /a:10 . After this change FM, SFX and MIDI all work fine 😀

As mentioned by gerwin in another thread, there are three possibilities wrt/ ESSOLO.INI:

20 02 01 00 88 03 09 00 01 02 30 03 00 00 00 00 == DDMA
20 02 01 00 88 03 09 00 01 02 30 03 01 00 00 00 == TDMA
20 02 01 00 88 03 09 00 01 02 30 03 02 00 00 00 == SB-link (PC/PCI)

In my experience, the first one works fine with the K8M890, the driver seems to use TDMA mode anyway.

Secondly, the driver provided in solo1_drv_w9x_4.12.01.1165.zip (WDM version 4.12.01.1165) did not work at all for me in Windows 98 SE despite the card using IRQ 5, and working fine in DOS/XP/Linux. The "ESS SOLO-1 PCI AudioDrive" driver would have a yellow exclamation mark with the error message "This device is either not present, not working properly, or does not have all the drivers installed. (Code 10.)".

I could not get this driver to work regardless of any BIOS settings. So I collected a number of ES1938 drivers from the Internet in the hope of finding one that works, and indeed version 5.12.01.3047 works just fine 😀 To make it easier for other people, I have sorted all the drivers and put them in the attached "ES1938-dos9x.7z" and "ES1938-nt2kxp.7z" archives, in particular the fixed DOS driver but also:

win31
win95/4.05.00.1060
win95/4.05.00.1065
win95/4.05.00.1080
win95/4.06.00.1140
win95/4.06.00.1154
win98/4.10.3038
win98/4.10.3012
win98/4.10.3014
win98/4.12.01.1164
win98/4.12.01.1165
winme/5.12.01.3047a-unsigned
winme/5.12.01.3047b
winme/5.12.01.3047c
winme/5.12.01.3047d
winnt/4.03.00.5033
winnt/4.05.23
winnt/4.05.06
winnt/4.05.08
winnt/4.05.26
win2k/5.2.3633.0
win2k/5.12.3045a
win2k/5.12.3045b
winxp/6.12.10.3055

Thanks to Stainlesscat for the Windows 3.1 driver. It is also possible to have MIDI sound by installing the MPU-401 (Roland) driver and selecting "General MIDI" in the MIDI configuration panel.

Hopefully this will be helpful to others in their attempt to find a solution for these issues.

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Last edited by cde on 2021-08-25, 17:51. Edited 2 times in total.

Reply 3 of 4, by Stainlesscat

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Hi!

Here's an attached post for the ESS-Solo1 Win3x drivers. Just to note: This driver need's either SB-LINK, DDMA or T-DMA for any audio to work as the enhanced mode drivers don't seem to be working properly on newer chipset southbridges.

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