Hello again Guys and Gals,
Well, I took a chance and ordered the Sony DRU-120c, which I previously found out thru a little research is actually is a rebadged Lite-On SHM-165P6s (SHM-165H6S without Lightscribe capability).
And as far as I can tell, it is working great. I don't have time to go into detail right now, but I will do that in the "Replacement Drives" thread this weekend.
Suffice it to say it was pretty easy to fit inside, with a few minor modifications made to get it to fit almost perfectly. And, I think it may have restored all original capabilities to my 5006.
I don't do VCD's, so not sure about that. And not sure what you guys define as FF, but if that is nothing more than pausing and advancing a movie frame by frame, my 5006 will do that again with this burner installed.
I use it strictly for recording, mostly live sports from TV and satellite broadcasts, and I could not be more pleased - both dvd-r and dvd+rw media work fine now, and before neither would do anything except "write fail" and turn into "invalid discs." With this new drive, I even reclaimed some of my numerous "invalid disc" dvd+RW's by erasing them, which my worn out original drive would not do.
I am sold on this unit, and in fact I ordered a spare one from NewEgg just to keep on hand for the next rejuvenation of my 5006 recorder. Each cost me $45 including shipping from NewEgg.
There is some trickery to finding the firmware for this drive, and I'll post that and more details of installation on the "Replacement Drives" thread as soon as I can, hopefully tomorrow.