the game itself requires high memory (most dos based games do) to load and run properly.
Many times, you can right click the icon that starts the game, choose Properties and configure that particular game what its needs/requirements are.
The game may have also written an autoexec.bat or config.sys file that is now in conflict with windows which doesn't need either of those files to run properly. Look in the readme files of the game itself (print it out if you have to rather than try to remember what you read) as most games will tell you what you need to do in order to set it up properly.
Go back to Device Mgr, and re-enable your sound card, but look to see if you have legacy devices such as MU---something (can't recall the name right now). If so, right click that entry only and then in Properties, disable that one for now temporarily (that's the dos driver usually)
Now go to RUN, type MSCONFIG and look at the autoexec.bat and config.sys files to see if there are entries for the sound card. If so, uncheck them for now to give you time to read the readme files for the game. You will have to reboot the computer to make the changes take effect, but you should have sound now again when you get to the desktop.
Then you can work on troubleshooting the game specs.
I have been using a SB Live card for 4 years until the other day I loaded a game called Chicken Hunter. It locked up after running about 30 minutes with a blank screen and the hourglass.
I powered the PC off and now when I try to boot up I get Fatal exception errors and windows will never fully load. It comes up in Safe mode about half the time.
I ran the boot step by step and it errored out when it went to load the SB Live drivers. Her is the message:
Memory Manager Not detected
SB Live! requires EMM 386 or similiar
SB Live! driver not loading
After finding this out, I went in to Safe Mode, brought up the device manager and desabled my Sound blaster card. When I do this, the PC boots and comes up just fine but I have no sound card of course.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm kind of new at this and not too knowledgeable about drivers and such. I have tried removing the Sound card and reloading it but it didn't help.