I have just purchased 3 1693s drives. I have installed 2 of them in a Asus board driven machine and a Biostar driven machine. I havent had any issues that i know of reconizing or recording any type of media. Both these systems are on XP (32bit) OS, with the standard IDE drives.
I installed the 3rd one in my gaming rig which runs a dual boot XP system. One is a 32 bit OS and the other a 64 bit OS. The drive is reconized and installed with no problem. On both OS the drive will read a original DVD or CD disc no issue. (Movie or Game) I insert a DVD-R DVD-RW or a CD-R and the drive doesnt recognize them at all. I try to access the drive and get the error, invalid function. I have a Lite-On 851S and it works just fine. NO ISSUES.
I have tried to change the drive to Master,Slave and Cable Select with no luck what so ever. I have updated the firmware to the latest version. I have tryed to put the drive on a IDE channel by itself with again, NO LUCK. I even went to the dreaeded extent as to format, once again NO LUCK.
I finally decided to take the drive out and put it in my other system which is the Asus board machine and it workd flawlessly. (with a DVD-R).
Specs on machine that this isnt working on:
AMD 64 3200+
2 Sata HD
1.5 g PC400 Ram
XP 32-64 bit Pro
Specs on macnine it does work with
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
2 IDE HD
512k PC400 Ram
32bit XP Pro