First, Thank you for all your help.
Second, I could never figure out anything about the Matshita dvd-rom ujda775 combo drive and make it burn a CD-R. The links were just way over my head as well as information about Intel RST issues.
I crawled through the attic today and found the external HP DVD/CD writer and hooked it up to his laptop via USB port. It plays very well. It burns not only CD-R but DVD+R as well. So now at least he has a way to burn files and such and I keep my brain intact. I wrapped it all up today and it is under the tree. Thank you all very much. Karen