Guys: I just bought my Lite-On burner (this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106015) and am in the process of getting it installed and learning more about it. I was just wondering if there is any firmware upgrades or anything of that nature that I need before I start trying to burn. I freely admit that I am totally ignorant on what firmware is available and how it benefits me or my drive so any help is greatly appreciated!
just use the drive "as is" for the first time. You may check the installed firmware using Nero Info Tool. Latest official firmware for that drive is MS0R, available on Liteon website.
usually you can't do wrong flashing the newest firmware.you can download it here: http://www.liteonamericas.com/twnmain/DOWNLOADS/ODD/SHM-165P6S/firmware/DR16MS0R.zip
the flasher will show you which firmware you have, so you don't need to update if you already have the same version.