Thanks for replying DeltaMac-
I re installed os x by recommendation of ex2bot in this exact same thread! It took me like a year to figure out how. I had to get a big external hard drive and partition it, which means to divide it up into sections, which is done through Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility. I made mine into three sections, and you can pick any size you want the sections to be, so I made a small section for my install disc images. Then make your intall discs into .dmg's or whatever type files somewhere else and then put them onto the external hard drive. Then go to System Preferences>StartUp Disk and select the partitioned section of your external hard drive that you put the os x installer on and restart your computer, basically.
My Pioneer is Not Firewire, it is USB and is from eBay, so, it could be defective, I was stupid to buy it, but it was cheap, and I thought it would at least diagnose the problem, ya know. When I put a disc in, it does not mount on the desktop, or the finder window, or disk utility. Although, the computer does recognize the Pioneer itself. However, when a disc is inserted into the Pioneer it just buzz's and whir's and then eventually after a considerable amount of time i give up and eject the disc. The Pioneer may not be defective because the built in Matshita does the same thing. If I insert a disc into the Matshita, it just buzzs and whirs and spits it out automatically because its a slot loader, not a tray loader like the Pioneer. And neither one mounts anything anywhere.
Also, the mac only recognizes the burner every once in a while and when it does, i can only get hardware information on it, but i dont think i see it in disk utility. I know I just need to upgrade to a new computer but this G4 is still running so I'd like to keep it at 110%
Thanks for any help