Here is a suggestion.

Open your computer. Disconnect the drive. Remove all of your CDRW software and NERO, etc... Delete the 98 driver as well.

Use any tool(i.e. NORTON Cleansweep) that will get rid of the extraneous files left behind and you might check the websit for your CDRW and see if they give any other instructions for removing all files.

RE-Boot, make sure all is gone. Turn system off and then re-connect the CDRW. XP should see it and re-install and fix the problem. Get the most updated drivers from the manufacturers website as well.

Good Luck