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ESS Allegro Driver for Windows 7


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#1 jnk1296

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:32 PM

I recently installed windows 7 as my main OS. However, when i installed the Driver for ESS Allegro (Sound Card), it acts like it installs just fine, but as soon as windows trys to do anything involving sound, WHAM!!!!!!!, BSOD. :huh: This then results in me having to go through safe mode to uninstall the driver. I have now downgraded to XP Again. Every driver i tried resulted in the same thing. does anyone know of a WORKING driver for my sound card? i would also appreciate it if anyone could vouch for said driver :huh:
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 07:33 PM

Looks like the ESS Allegro WDM is only supported till Windows XP.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 28 December 2009 - 07:34 PM.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 10:33 PM

Yeah, some hardware just isn't compatible yet. Try a new sound card, or go without noise for a little while. :huh:

Don't give up on Windows 7, though. It is a gem (though some parts like this are still in the rough). It will eventually make it to the heralded dependability of XP. Just takes a little time. Don't chuck your disks out.

I haven't had any issues with it, so I'm going to stick with it for a while. :thumbup2:

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 12:50 PM

Yeah, either you buy Win7 compatible hardware or have your existing hardware compatible with the same, before the switch.
Really, just a matter of time.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 29 December 2009 - 12:51 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 02:41 PM

Yeah, either you buy Win7 compatible hardware or have your existing hardware compatible with the same


No offense, but that is not at all true. Your hardware doesn't care, or even know, what OS is running the drivers. As long as you can get the drivers to work, then the hardware will work. One of the biggest mistakes I see people making when they upgrade is in thinking that they need to install drivers for all of their hardware, when in reality, Windows 7 is very good at finding the correct drivers all by itself. I have Window 7 Ultimate running on an ancient system cobbled together from spare parts. Everything installed fine. Windows 7 was not around when the hardware was made, so in no way can the hardware be called Windows 7 compatible, which IMHO is just a marketing term anyway.

The first thing I would do is to go into my device manager, remove the soundcard, and then reboot the system and see if Windows is able to find a driver that works. There may well be a generic driver that works just fine.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 03:27 PM

Windows 7 was not around when the hardware was made, so in no way can the hardware be called Windows 7 compatible, which IMHO is just a marketing term anyway.


Well, maybe you were lucky enough to have your hardware devices fully supported by Win7 but it's not always the case.
Some PC hardware like GPUs, mobo chipsets etc. still need traditional OS specific drivers to function effectively with the OS being used.
In some cases, Win7 might be able to better utilize certain hardware components compared to, say WinXP so that calls for a driver specifically written for the newer OS to do the same.

However, I do agree on the notion you are trying to put across.
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 04:09 PM

Don't you hate it when you accidentally close the browser before you are finished typing a post? :huh:

Some PC hardware like GPUs, mobo chipsets etc. still need traditional OS specific drivers to function effectively with the OS being used.

That is what I said: As long as you can get the drivers to work, then the hardware will work.

There are three compatibility contexts. One, is my system compatible with Windows 7, meaning does my system have enough RAM, disk space, and a fast enough processor to run it? Two, is my hardware Win 7 compatible, meaning that it has met specific testing requirements provided by Microsoft? Three, is my hardware Win 7 compatible, meaning can I get it to run under Windows 7? My (poorly stated) objection to your comment was that implied (at least to me) that specific hardware was needed in order to work with Windows 7.

The Windows Compatibility Assistant, Windows Compatibility Wizard, and the XP Compatibility Mode are all designed to make the various drivers 'think' they are running on legacy systems, whether that be XP, XP SP1, or Windows 98. On my Frankensteined box, as soon as I booted it up, it went online and found all of the proper drivers. I have helped tons of people get their hardware up and going, and it has been my experience that as long as it worked on with XP, it will work under Windows 7 also. I haven't tried any hardware designed for older systems than XP, so I can't comment. I will admit that sometimes it is difficult to make things work, but I think that the fact that ability to fool drivers and software into thinking it is on a different operating system is rather remarkable.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 04:41 PM

I understand mate.

My (poorly stated) objection to your comment was that implied (at least to me) that specific hardware was needed in order to work with Windows 7.


That's definitely not what I wanted to imply. :huh:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 29 December 2009 - 04:42 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:12 PM

In reply to Groovicus, I HAVE to uninstall the driver, otherwise Windows would fail to boot. And unfortunately, it never found a driver for my sound card by itself. hence my question. :huh:

& no, I am not trying to imply anything in the tone of my comment.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:22 PM

no, I am not trying to imply anything in the tone of my comment


I don't think anyone said anything..???

At any rate, I am trying to make sure that you start at the beginning since it would be a colossal waste of time to assume that you did all of the obvious things only to find out that you didn't.

This is an integrated sound card, right?

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:31 PM

Yes, this is an integrated Sound Card.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:52 PM

What drivers have you tried? I have found a few different ones, with the newest being from 2004, and the original driver from 2001 which is available on the HP site.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:54 PM

I'm not exactly sure. I just tried the same drivers that i used when i had Vista. In Windows Vista My sound driver worked. So i don't know why i can't use that driver again. :huh:

EDIT:The Driver i used was the one Available from the HP website.

Edited by jnk1296, 29 December 2009 - 07:58 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2009 - 02:13 PM

Check the solution here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/282708/installation-of-printer/

Same concept. If it worked in Vista, it will work in Windows 7.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:12 PM

Thanks, i didn't know about extracting it through WinRAR. I was actually running the EXTRACTER in XP mode! :huh: I'll try these instructions and let you know if they work!




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