Very well thought out posting: you are a good detective for sure. Unless somebody in earshot has run into this -- I sure haven't -- maybe the quickest thing here would be for you to head to our support site
and report exactly what you're seeing. Also, to speed things up, pack up the smallest possible example and attache the .vxp file to the case. If you do this all at once, it should give Intel support what it needs to start taking a look.