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Hey guys, I just installed a Samsung Blu-Ray drive (SH-B123L) in my HTPC. I was expecting to find a specific driver for this drive either on Samsung's site or on the included DVD that came with the drive. All I can find, however, is a "firmware update". I never knew blu-ray drives had firmware, but apparently they do? (or at least this one does) Anyway, I'm on the latest firmware, but when I look in Windows device manager it shows the driver as a Microsoft provided driver from 2006.

 

The drive seems to work fine so far, so I guess I shouldn't worry about it, but is it weird that Samsung doesn't seem to provide their own drivers for it? Especially for something like a blu-ray drive, I would think there would be something newer/better/etc than some old driver from 2006...

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Hey guys, I just installed a Samsung Blu-Ray drive (SH-B123L) in my HTPC. I was expecting to find a specific driver for this drive either on Samsung's site or on the included DVD that came with the drive. All I can find, however, is a "firmware update". I never knew blu-ray drives had firmware, but apparently they do? (or at least this one does) Anyway, I'm on the latest firmware, but when I look in Windows device manager it shows the driver as a Microsoft provided driver from 2006.

 

The drive seems to work fine so far, so I guess I shouldn't worry about it, but is it weird that Samsung doesn't seem to provide their own drivers for it? Especially for something like a blu-ray drive, I would think there would be something newer/better/etc than some old driver from 2006...

 

That is pretty normal. Firmware is important for compatibility with BD movies and protection schemes.

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as pcdoc says, the firmware updates are to allow the drive to handle newer types of disks, whether the disk has newer Blu-Ray features (e.g. 3D) or it incorporates new copy protection schemes. The interface between the drive and Windows has been pretty much standardised for a number of years, so it doesn't really need to change much.

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