Compaq ESS SOLO-1 DOS Emulation Driver Download

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The ESS SOLO-1 DOS Emulation is an audio device manufactured by Compaq. This driver fixes problems with no sound or static or distorted sound, and can unlock advanced features of your audio device. This version of "" is rated (5 out of 5 stars) based on 7,208 downloads and 39 reviews. Visitors have successfully installed this driver on PCs running Windows XP. The total disk space used for this update is 754.2 KB.

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Supported Models

1692 notebook

ESS SOLO-1 DOS Emulation

ESS SOLO-1 PCI AudioDrive




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

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Additional Notes

I'm not sure what soundcard this driver was originally intended for however after a lot of trying different drivers I found that this one got the audio working perfectly on my compaq 1692 notebook....

Uploaded By

Will (DG Member) on 29-Jul-2000

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

5 Apr 2006

Installation:  out of 5
Stability:  out of 5
Compatibility:  out of 5
"all OK, good drivers, working great"
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Driver Contents File List

The following files are found inside the driver download file.

Name Size Date
layout.bin 353 bytes 23 Sep 1999
ESSSWT.VXD 110.2 KB 26 May 1998
ESSOLO.DRV 93.8 KB 20 Dec 1999 203.9 KB 23 Sep 1999
ESSOLO.COM 49.0 KB 2 Nov 1999
ESSDM.VXD 80.5 KB 20 Dec 1999
_ISDEL.EXE 8.7 KB 23 Sep 1999
ESSOLO.SYS 12.6 KB 2 Nov 1999
ESSSWT.DAT 56.7 KB 30 Mar 1998
setup.lid 49 bytes 23 Sep 1999
SETUP.EXE 60.4 KB 23 Sep 1999
DATA.TAG 104 bytes 23 Sep 1999
ESSMPU.DRV 10.5 KB 20 Dec 1999
os.dat 417 bytes 23 Sep 1999
setup.ins 66.2 KB 23 Sep 1999 3.2 KB 23 Sep 1999
SETUP.INI 63 bytes 23 Sep 1999
_SETUP.DLL 11.3 KB 23 Sep 1999 44.7 KB 23 Sep 1999
lang.dat 4.5 KB 23 Sep 1999
ESSOLO.VXD 46.2 KB 20 Dec 1999
OEMSETUP.INF 14.8 KB 20 Dec 1999
ESFM.DRV 21.0 KB 20 Dec 1999
_INST32I.EX_ 290.7 KB 23 Sep 1999
ESSSWT.DRV 21.3 KB 20 Dec 1999

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