If you have a VIA chipset in your motherboard, there is a conflict with VIA and soundblaster. here is the fix. It is for VIA KT133/a chipset.
Pentium 3 1000 @ 1100 ( windows 2000 server), Abit bx-133, 256 Mb Mushkin Rev.3 cas 2-2-2, ATI Radeon
AMD Thunderbird 1.4 @ 1.63 (24/7) IWILL KK266R , Corsairs pc 150 cl2, Leadtek GeForce 3