Here's some more detailed info on my drive:
Info from official site.
The specs from their site and the specs on the box don't match though.
The site says it only burns at 4x DVD+R DL while the box says 8X DVD+R DL. The site also mentions nothing about being able to burn DVD-R DL, but the box says it can burn -R DL at 4x.
The review you linked to here. And this one here both show it to be a SHW-1635S as well. I'm wondering if maybe they didn't switch out drives to a different model and just kept the same EZ-Dub name.
Those articles got me interested, i stopped mid reply to crack open the enclosure. The internal drive is in fact a SHW-1635S! Even though the label on the underside of the enclosure AND the label on the box say it's a SHOW-1673SU. Nero and my Device Manager say the same.. 1673SU. I'm assuming the was intentional on their part. Though i don't know why it would be recognized in windows as a 1673 when it's a 1635.
I just tried the 1635 firmware as well, with the same error message. Telling me it's the wrong firmware for the drive.
So i've got the specs on the box and the specs on the drive telling me two different things. Hmmm..
If it helps anyone the manufacture date is November 2005. At least that's one thing between the box and the drive that match!
If you need any more detailed information let me know. I was going to type everything out, but i got sidetracked cracking that thing open. The 1635 is a newer generation drive than the 1673, right? I just don't get why it's set up like this.
Anyone have any ideas? If there is any information at all on the drive that you need let me know. Thanks guys!