Older LiteON drives used to have the led blink red while writing. Newer models just use the green led. It's a bit stupid but it's the way it is.
Go to this site, download and install the "DVD Identifier" program. After that use it to identify the type of discs you are trying to burn. When posting the information what you need to supply is the "manufacturer name", "manufacturer ID", "media type ID" and product revision". Let us also know the brand of those discs, that is, what is printed on the disc itself and/or packaging.
By the way, if you have a 1653 drive, chances are you have an old firmware and from what I could gather here, those initial firmwares were crap (as is normal with LiteON, it appears). You might wish to try the latest firmware and see if things improve.