hi jean from texas with plenty of grandkids and dogs :eek: !
first of all, i need some clarification about your computer hard- and software because your description seems kind of vague to me...
1: what is the EXACT model of your DVD reader? "sony CDVD" doesn't sound familiar to me (unless it's a standalone player?), and "plextor 24x48x24" sounds more like a CD writer although you would need a DVD writer to record DVDs.
2: what software are you using to rip and burn dvds? have you burned dvds before?
3: have you familiarized yourself with the guides and tutorials in this forum? there is also a plethora of guides on www.doom9.org . those guides are excellent and should be able to answer most of your questions.