I purchased some new externals and now it seems to work. I tossed the other one in the bin. I can't guarentee that it is not compatible because I did have it working in the past, but it was sort of clicking and it was a few years old. I just tested Wiiflow and it seems to work with all titles, which is fantastic. I get my wisdom teeth taken out in a few days and it will be great to have the Wii set up and not need to change discs (they say straining yourself after extraction is a bad idea). I'm just so happy that it's all going now. All I need to do is set up Triiforce or another way to run WW and VC titles and I will be set.
Thanks for all your help. I will probably stick around the forums to help out others if I can and to stay up to date with develtopments.