STUPID QUESTION: What is a firmware?

I used to hear this term back in my MAC days, when it had ‘firmware’ updates, but now where does it actually
fit into in this DVD rewritable drive concept I don’t know?

something to do with the connection maybe? like IDE or EIDE?

I just had to ask…

sorry…

A DVD player/writer actually has a special computer (processor) designed and dedicated to the task of extracting/burning data and/or video. The operating code, or program, that tells the DVD processor what to do is called firmware because it is a (more or less) permanently (firmly) stored program that lives in read-only memory (ROM) on the processor circuit board. This is contrasted to the software that executes on your Personal Computer, which at run time is temporarily loaded into random-access memory (RAM) from your computers hard disk, CD-ROM, or other source.

Maxicosy

You may like this little anecdote…

A friend of mine was asked by an aquaintance to assist him setting up a scanner he’d just bought (being a complete technical wasteland). During the installation of the software he asked what a TWAIN was (it was stating on screen installing TWAIN Driver). The reply came back…something that runs on twacks…

Do you even know what is the real meaning of TWAIN ?

Beware, some time industrial really lack imagination…