OK, I got it. I did exactly that and it works.
Of course, it killed the CD and DVD ... typical Linux, when you fix one thing another thing breaks. Anyway, now Nero does not find any devices now. My /dev/hdc premissions are user dave and group disk. Same thing they were before, but who knows?
I am printing out the entire manual and will see if I can figure this one out.
Linux is a Love Hate Thing but it beats Billyware