Well my ignorance was showing, but I used vasmcc and mounted my cdwriter. Never had to do that before.
Also uelsk8s, no HD icon in the panel, but there was a device icon which just told me cdrom, cdwirter, dvd not mounted, but I could do nothing from there.
And now again my ignorance still shows. on the 2nd CD when I open kde, there are 48 icons and due to my lack of exposure Have to ask. What do I do with this flood of information. Do I need it all, if not, what parts do I need. I feel like a Montana farmer standing in the middle of New Yorks Times Square and needing a restroom.