The Genius Sound Maker 18PnP Series is an audio device manufactured by ESS. This driver fixes problems with no sound or static or distorted sound, and can unlock advanced features of your audio device. This version of "ess1686.zip" is rated (5 out of 5 stars) based on 450 downloads and 9 reviews. Our users report success installing this driver update on PCs running Windows XP. The total disk space used for this update is 529.4 KB.
ESS ES1868 Control Interface
Genius Sound Maker 18PnP Series
Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT4, Windows ME, Windows 98SE, Windows 98, Windows 95
zek (DG Member) on 5-Dec-2003
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The following files are found inside the driver download file.
|ess1686/CDPLAYER.EX_||18.7 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/INSTALL.EXE||52.0 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSCTL.DL_||24.8 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSCFG.INI||677 bytes||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/3DSOUND.EXE||2.4 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSSETUP.EXE||58.2 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/MIDIPLAY.EX_||13.5 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/DAPLAYER.EX_||28.1 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/TEST.WA_||5.9 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/SETUP.EXE||10.1 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/CTL3D.DL_||11.9 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSSOFT.INI||5.5 KB||25 Oct 1996|
|ess1686/MSMIXMGR.DL_||8.5 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/ESSMPORT.DRV||11.3 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/OEM.NEW||1.0 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/ESSFM.DRV||19.1 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/ESSMPU.DRV||10.4 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/OEMSETUP.INF||36.6 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/ESFM.DRV||21.0 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/ES1868.DRV||60.6 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/WIN95DRV/ES1868.VXD||41.6 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/RECAPI.DL_||6.0 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/MIXERRAK.EX_||13.7 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSVOL.EXE||12.4 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ES1868.COM||1.3 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSCTLRK.DL_||24.9 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/QX1868.EX_||25.6 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/AUDRACK.EX_||14.7 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSCFG.EX_||30.7 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/AUDPLAY.DL_||9.8 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/BWCC.DL_||61.0 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/AUDDRIVE.IN_||59 bytes||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/AUDIOREC.EX_||72.8 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSCFG.EXE||30.7 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/RECCTRAK.EX_||14.8 KB||15 Jun 1996|
|ess1686/ESSTB.DL_||6.8 KB||15 Jun 1996|
To get the Genius Sound Maker 18PnP Series 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 Genius Sound Maker 18PnP Series 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.
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.
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
Locate the device and model that is having the issue and double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.
Select the Driver tab.
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.