A few days ago I bougth a 1653s drive. So far I burned few Verbatim -R 8x media.
Didn't have any problems so far.
But, when it comes to reading, things get messy. :a
I have original CD with Nero express that I got with the drive. I couldn't install Nero from that media. When I put the same media in my old Pioneer reader 117 reader (fw: 1.03), I can install from that media.
Today I got one original DVD. In Pioneer it works just fine, while Lite-On can't even recognize media. I presume it is a shitty media, (I got it with my newspapers) but still... it's not OK.
When I put that media in Lite-On drive, LED is on for a couple of minutes but the media is not rocognized. Kprobe can see the media, but the kprobe test woudn't finish. It comes to 97% and then it jumps to 204% (???), and then again from the 0%. And in circle.
I use official CS09 firmware.
Did any of you had some problems with reading capabilities of 1653s drive? At the moment, I'm expiriencing quite a strange behaviour with some discs.