Couple of items:
First, about three days after the power blackout, Saturn appeared to blow a disk. Except that when I ran the Linux rescue mode, it saw the disk electronics, it was just behaving as if the system had a blown partition table. I did a Kickstart of RedHat 8, and everything worked, so a week later I re-did Win2K and RedHat.
Still don't know what caused it.
Second, when I did the RedHat 8 reinstall, it detected the IDE CD/RW that we installed and now I can burn CDs from Linux again.