I just installed ZAISS v.8 on my Vista Home Premium SP1 laptop, and last night I tried to do my first recording. I use the laptop (along with 2 condenser mics and a Presonus Firepod connected to my firewire port) to record my chorus rehearsals, which we podcast; and my recording software is Audacity (beta 1.3.6), the open source software. I've used it for over a year alongside the McAfee Internet suite with no problems.
Last night I could not get Audacity to record. It came up, it connected to the Firepod, but it wouldn't write to disk. I replugged all the cables and rebooted the laptop, no luck. I finally turned ZAISS off altogether, and voila! Recording. This isn't as risky as it sounds; having the laptop wireless card live occasionally screws up the recording, so my standard configuration for recording is with wireless turned off, meaning the computer is not connected to the Internet. I raised this issue on the Audacity forum and was told that "aggressive" security suites regularly interfere with both audio and video recording in this way.
I have a workaround. I can always turn the security suite off. I would prefer to continue to run it, if I can configure it to allow recording. Can someone recommend how I need to configure ZA to allow Audacity? At the moment, in the Programs list I have Audacity set to Trusted (2 bars), with Access to the trusted and Internet zones allowed; server access to all zones is set to Ask, as is "send email." How should it be set? Do I need some kind of expert rule?
During my recording issues last night Audacity's access was set to "ask" and ZA never opened its yap. I just couldn't record. So if "ask" was the issue, ZA never asked.
Operating System:Windows Vista Home Premium
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite