mciahel, cholla, G_Ivan Awfulitch, coolcolors,
It appears that this "fix" worked...while I have not hooked up my PIONEER, I have checked the software and the internal dvdrw is in the drive window, at least.
I also went to MY COMPUTER and pressed "eject" and my internal drive popped out, as is normal, so...I guess it's a winner.
I will report back this afternoon about the external drive situation !
A preliminary THANKS TO ALL, and this proves again the good work that MY CE.com does for it's members !
Have a GREAT DAY, wherever you are !
PS boby12, try it and let us know how it works !