ESS ES1988 Allegro Driver Download (Official)

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The ES1988 Allegro 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 driver - "" - has been downloaded 14,522 times and is rated 5 out of 5 stars based on 88 reviews. It has been installed successfully by our users on PCs running Windows 7 and Windows XP. The total disk space used for this update is 1.7 MB.

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Supported Models

ES1988 Allegro

ES1989 Allegro/ ES1930

ESS Allegro PCI Audio (WDM)

ESS Allegro Sound Blaster Compatible (WDM)



Supported Operating Systems

Windows XP

File Name

Versions (2002-02-08) via .inf

Additional Notes

ESS PCI Audio Chip

Windows XP (WDM)

Uploaded By

Vinod (DG Staff Member) on 28-May-2004

Most Helpful Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Cheryl Anne
Tested on Windows 2000 Professional
14 Mar 2009
(9 minutes after download)

Installation: 5 out of 5
Stability: 5 out of 5
Compatibility: 5 out of 5
"Finally a driver that worked on this old Compaq 5000... It was hard to find one that worked and this one installed and worked perfectly. Thanks!"
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Driver Contents File List

The following files are found inside the driver download file.

Name Size Date 16.9 KB 13 Feb 2002
layout.bin 441 bytes 18 Oct 2001
Setup.ini 389 bytes 18 Oct 2001
A1.inf 208.6 KB 8 Feb 2002
Setup.exe 127.5 KB 18 Oct 2001
ikernel.ex_ 339.6 KB 18 Oct 2001 1.2 MB 18 Oct 2001 512 bytes 18 Oct 2001
ES198X.sys 189.6 KB 16 Jan 2002

How to Update ES1988 Allegro Device Drivers Quickly & Easily

Step 1 - Download Your Driver

To get the ES1988 Allegro 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 ES1988 Allegro 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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