I forgot about this thread after I posted assuming there was no fix but I found it again today.
C0deKing - I tried your suggestion but it didn't work. Now, everytime I reboot the driver wizards appear for the IDE Channel and the writer and it fails to install automatically. There are now yellow exclamation marks in front of the IDE Channel and writer. Instead of "Secondary IDE Channel" it just says "IDE Channel"? How do I get it back to the way it was? Rebooting does not help at all - the driver wizards appear everytime.
I've never had these problems before with any install of windows and with any writer before this. Firmware upgrades have always gone smoothly except for this one.
I really need to fix this since I need the Secondary IDE Channel back so my system will function properly. It doesn't look like my system likes that new firmware LL0A.........
BTW, explorer only recognizes the writer as CD-Drive now