okay, i am slightly confused as what you are doing to get the drivers working so bare with me if i give you wrong advice. its been a while since i got my card working so i can't quite remember the procedure. i assume you are trying to get the drivers from creative to work? if not then ignore this and tell me.
The file you are copying seems to be a configuration file to use when compiling a new kernel. Where did you get the file from?
The only thing you really need to do with your kernel is make sure that the only sound support that you have compiled in is the very first option in the sound menu. you don't need anything else.
here's what to do type the following at the command prompt
password: <enter the root password>
bash-2.05# cd /usr/src/linux/
bash-2.05# make menuconfig
if all goes well a menu will appear over the command line. go down the list of options to the bit called sound. highlight and press enter and make sure that the only option there that has a check next to it is the very top one 'Sound Card Support' and then there should be one called 'OSS Sound Modules' that is also needed.
if they are here then you're ok and needn't do anything more complicated to the kernel. otherwise you'll have to select them and compile the kernel. check else where for that.
move the emu10k tar.gz files to /tmp and unzip them with
tar zxvf <<filename>>.tar.gz
go into the new folders and follow the install instructions which should be basically
(as root) make install
if there are no errors then the driver will be made and installed into the relevant place.
now try to get it to run by typing
if that works fine then you should be able to play sound.
hope that was insulting your intelligence any. i have no idea what you have done so far or where the thing is going wrong
give more details if this don't get it working