Your "motherboards BIOS fails to recognize/identify your DVD/burner\etc... to the O/S" theory is untrue. A newer motherboard BIOS is not the issue if the drive is recognized by Windows as a CD-ROM.
All ATAPI CD-ROM, CD-RWs, and DVD burners are recognized as belonging to the CD-ROM category in Windows and are placed there in Device Manager. All the BIOS does is facilitate the recognition of the ATAPI device and read the description of the drive from its firmware when booting.
Software support in Windows is what makes it possible to use a drive as a CD-R(W) or DVD burner. Without software support, Windows is "dumb" as to the capabilities of the drive.