Well, this is probably one of the manifestations of stupid. I used the "ask everyone" expression as a verbal shorthand to denote human and nonhuman contact; in the case of the software, reviews. Which I know aren't reliable but I wasn't able to find any software that did what CD Architect does -- to lay out a cd in logical fashion and save or burn it. Except that CD Architect doesn't do it either.
I spoke rashly and wrongly and I apologize.
Sony just told me that they have "no issues" with the Plextor drive ... which could mean mine is the only one in the world that doesn't work, or it could mean that they aren't concerned about it.
But okay, you see how confused I am. Is there a better software I could use? I'd be real happy to use the CD Architect to "burn" an iso that I'd burn into cds with Nero, but I can't figure out a way to do that except to burn a disc, take an image from that, and burn Nero discs from the image -- including all the errors from the first disc.