Nope, that didn't change anything. Won't do CD or DVD. Guess I'll just have to see one of the geniuses and see what they can do. I will follow up and let you know what they find.
I still think there is a sofware issue with just the DVD/CD device.
Once again, I thank you all for trying to help with this.
Just wanted to let everyone know, I went to the "genius bar" today. They ran all the tests they could think of, and determined the only fix was to replace the optial drive, which had less than 10 hours of use on it, if that much. While it fixed the problem for a mere $164, the 'mode' they left my computer in initially scared me to death, as it appeared they had wiped all my files, like pictures, i-pod music, etc.
2 restarts and all reappeared. No longer truly trusting those folks like I thought I could.
Thank you for all of the patience and assistance I recieved here, I am truly grateful for all the suggestions. I would come here again before I visit the genius bar.