Ok, this particular DVD writer had a software driver update from HP. Bad part it was only written for windows.
It now seems to have fixed itself somewhat. The thing is possessed. At first install the door just kept opening and closing repeatedly. After a few boots it stopped that then door would not open at all. Then later began to read only. Now it seems to work.
Now burns a DVD with Brasaro but still reads (read only) in hardware? Go figure.
Im not complaining it works