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FireWire delayed write failures

Here's an annoying problem - you have an external drive (hard drive or CD/DVD drive) connected to a system via a FireWire (IEEE 1394) connection and you get errors that refer to "Delayed Write Failed". If you look in Event Viewer (Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools) you'll see a lot of errors with the Event ID 9.

There seem to be a number of issues surrounding this problem and they seem to be well documented on this web page (excellent history of the issues surrounding this complex problem).

Windows XP SP 2 users can go to these support pages:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885464
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/887170