I tested 3 CD burnings last night on 1653S@CS02 using Nero 184.108.40.206.
The drive was manufactured in China (read from the box), retail version, date 2004-12-10.
First: No Multisession, Disc at Once, Finalized, CD-R @ 32X
Second: Multisession, Track at Once, Not Finalized, CD-RW @ 10X
Third: No Multisession, Track as Once, Finalized, CD-RW @ 10X
All was OK, no writing problems.
When I tested writing quality with KProbe at the end of second burned disc (99.8 % was done), strange sound was coming from the drive, maybe it's usual when reading CDs, and I pressed eject. Disc was ejected, but disc engine spined up few times (without media inside, strange, isn't it) until I closed KProbe. Can this damage the drive?
It reads CDs/DVDs without any problem.
If you post experience with such issues, can you write data about the drive (model, where is manufactured, OEM or Retail), burning software (name, version) etc.