Delayed Write Failure Vista + Zonealarm Free 7.1.254.000
Dell Dimension 4600. Vista Ultimate SP1 with NO updates.
2GB ram. 2.4 GHZ.
Wired ethernet network.
While at the console, everything works fine.
I can't make it fail.
If I initiate a file transfer from any other machine on
the network, I get Delayed Write Failures and file corruption.
My test is a group of 8 files with a total of 40MB.
I get a delayed write EVERY TIME I initiate the transfer
from another machine.
I DO NOT experience any failures if I initiate the transfer
from the console of the Dimension 4600.
I got a lot of ideas from the Google and tried the following
with NO improvement.
ATI video cards sometimes cause this ...replaced with Nvidia.
Installed latest intel chipset drivers.
Installed latest intel PRO/100 VE lan drivers.
Edited the registry to change the memory management key to FFFFFFFF.
Changed to a Realtek RTL8169 Gigabit lan card with vista lan drivers.
Upgraded to realtek vista drivers that came with the card.
Took out half of the 2GB of RAM.
Turned off disk write cacheing.
Ran Memtest86+ 'till I was blue in the face.
I've uninstalled every virus/spyware/firewall program.
Turned off windows defender and windows firewall.
Reinstalled clean version of zonealarm for vista.
Set the zonealarm firewall settings to off.
The only thing that fixes the problem is to use the icon in
the tray to "shutdown zonealarm"...no more problems.
Plugged in my XP disk. No more problems with delayed write errors with zonealarm
for xp installed and turned on.
Put back the Vista disk...problems come back.
If I turnoff Zonealarm, the problem goes away.
I tried another experiment.
While installing, Zonealarm stops at a nag screen asking me if I want to buy
At that point, task manager verifies that vsmon.exe and zlclient.exe are running.
At this point, I can transfer files without error.
I click no thank you and let the install proceed.
At the "restart your computer prompt", I can still transfer files without error.
After restart, I enter the network name of my remote computer to enable file transfers.
Now, I have file transfer errors "delayed write failed".
I have a test suite of 8 files totaling 40MB. I get delayed write failures
EVERY time I initiate this transfer from the remote machine. I NEVER get errors
when inititating the transfer from the local machine.
I never get errors either direction with ZA turned off.
This looks like an incompatibility between Vista and Zonealarm.
Any ideas on what to try next?
Operating System:Windows Vista Ultimate
Software Version:7.1 (Vista)
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)