First, welcome to the forum!
I moved this thread to the Newbie's forum, I think that's the best place for now!
I see this is an external USB 2.0 burner. That means that it should be connected to free USB (preferrably USB 2.0 for best performance and results) bus. If your USB bus is set up correctly, it should work out of the box (detection upon hooking up drive), so I guess that your USB bus isn't working like it should. Can you perhaps hand out some more details (about your USB controller.. be it an onboard one, or some PCI card)?