Plextor PX-W4824TU and iTunes not getting along

I run a Dell Inspiron 4100 laptop with a USB 2 PCMCIA card, an external Plextor drive, and a Seagate 300gb external drive. Win XP with Service Pack 2.

Just installed iTunes 6 with my new 60GB ipod video. Nero continues to recognize my Plextor drive and I can rip from it all day long. Itunes will pull the track numbers and track lengths and will eject the disk from the Plextor but won’t rip or play the tracks. I’ve tried turning things on and off, installing/uninstalling, taking my internal CDRW out of the laptop, etc. etc. Nothing works.

I’m wondering if there is a workaround for this problem. (Do I need to hack the itunes files? If so, please give me specific instructions!) I searched and found a similar problem described for a different and newer Plextor drive…I really don’t want to have to use my internal CDRW drive on the Dell for my ripping.

Any advice most appreciated.