What version Firmware am I using?

[qanda]This thread is about the Lite-On iHAS324. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Hello All,
Have just commissioned a new system with Win 7 and using a Lite-On IHAS324. In Device Manager under CD/DVD it shows I am using a MS driver 6.1.7100.13 dated 21/6/06. However if I open the Nero Info Tool under Drive Info it shows Firmware as BL1A dated 27/04/09. Again in the Nero Info Tool under Drivers it shows the MS driver as present.
Are Drivers and Firmware the same and what am I actually using.
Any info appreciated.

Hi and Welcome!

drivers and firmware are totally different things.
The firmware resides on the chipset of the drive and contains the “receipes” how to handle the various flavours of blank (and non-blank) media.

In order to find out the firmware that is on your drive, the “Drive Info” of Nero Info tool is what you want.