ESS ES1688 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM) Driver Download (Official)

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The ES1688 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM) is a disk drive controller manufactured by ESS. This driver fixes problems with drive not found, slow or unreliable data transfer, intermittent connection or hardware conflicts. This version of "" is rated (5 out of 5 stars) based on 107 downloads and 4 reviews. It is compatible with PCs running Windows XP, among other operating systems. The total disk space used for this update is 263.5 KB.

4 Ratings

Supported Models

ES688 AudioDrive (WDM)

ES1688 AudioDrive (WDM)

ES1688 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM)

ES1788 AudioDrive (WDM)

ES1788 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM)

ES1868 Control Interface (WDM)

ES1868 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM)




Supported Operating Systems

Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT4, Windows NT3.51, Windows ME, Windows 98SE, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 3.1

File Name

Versions (1998-12-01) via .inf

Uploaded By

DriverGuide (DG Staff Member) on 12-Sep-2003

Driver Contents File List

The following files are found inside the driver download file.

Name Size Date
es488.vxd 21.6 KB 23 Apr 1999 5.4 KB 23 Apr 1999
es1488.vxd 21.6 KB 23 Apr 1999
esfm.drv 20.3 KB 23 Apr 1999
es1488.drv 46.8 KB 23 Apr 1999
es1788.vxd 32.9 KB 23 Apr 1999
wdma_ess.inf 27.2 KB 23 Apr 1999
es688.drv 47.0 KB 23 Apr 1999
essfm.drv 17.9 KB 23 Apr 1999
es1688.drv 56.2 KB 23 Apr 1999
essmport.drv 9.9 KB 23 Apr 1999
es1688.vxd 32.4 KB 23 Apr 1999
es488.drv 37.0 KB 23 Apr 1999
ess.sys 69.6 KB 23 Apr 1999
es1788.drv 57.5 KB 23 Apr 1999
essmpu.drv 9.8 KB 23 Apr 1999
es688.vxd 27.3 KB 23 Apr 1999

How to Update ES1688 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM) Device Drivers Quickly & Easily

Step 1 - Download Your Driver

To get the ES1688 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM) driver, click the green download button above. After you complete your download, move on to Step 2.

If the driver listed is not the right version or operating system, search our driver archive for the correct version. Enter ESS ES1688 Plug and Play AudioDrive (WDM) into the search box above and then submit. In the results, choose the best match for your PC and operating system.

Tech Tip: If you are having trouble deciding which is the right driver, try the ESS Driver Update Utility. It is a software utility which automatically finds and downloads the right driver.

Step 2 - Install Your Driver

Once you have downloaded your new driver, you'll need to install it. In Windows, use a built-in utility called Device Manager, which allows you to see all of the devices recognized by your system, and the drivers associated with them.

How to Open Device Manager

  • In Windows 11, Windows 10 & Windows 8.1, right-click the Start menu and select Device Manager

  • In Windows 8, swipe up from the bottom, or right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose "All Apps" -> swipe or scroll right and choose "Control Panel" (under Windows System section) -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager

  • In Windows 7, click Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager

  • In Windows Vista, click Start -> Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Device Manager

  • In Windows XP, click Start -> Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> System -> Hardware tab -> Device Manager button

How to Install a driver from Device Manager

  1. Locate the device and model that is having the issue and double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  2. Select the Driver tab.

  3. Click the Update Driver button and follow the instructions.

In most cases, you will need to reboot your computer in order for the driver update to take effect.

Tech Tip: Driver downloads and updates come in a variety of file formats with different file extensions. For example, you may have downloaded an EXE, INF, ZIP, or SYS file. Each file type has a slighty different installation procedure to follow.

For more help, visit our Driver Support Page for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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