I'll try going back to those drivers from compaq which is only a few months older than the drivers i am using now. If you look at the ina forums you'll see many people have this problem and it isnt just with audigy cards it seems to be with all sb live cards as well.
athlon xp firstname.lastname@example.orgGHZ (200FSB)
2*256MB Corsair pc3500
Sapphire 9700Pro (371/648)
SB Audigy Plat Ex(modded to audigy 2)
Linksys 10/100 for cable modem
120GB WD SE & 80GB GB Maxtor
16x Pioneer slot loaded DVD