Sounds like your burner is dying, fortunately you can replace the burner with a Liteon-based PC burner.
Look at the first few sticky threads on this site on drive replacements for the 5005.
Here’s a site (http://www.ss3f.com/ilo/) you might be interested in where it has all the firmware you need for your 5005 under the archive link.
By your S/N I see that you are still at the official 0071 firmware version.
I would recommend that you update with the UK 0098 hacked, read the information on the smart hacker and pass the official 0098 through the hacker tool, burn and install the resulting hacked firmware file.
The hacking tool does not work on the firmware higher than 0098. If you do install higher than 0098 and later want to apply the hacked version you’ll need to revert the unit back to the official 0098 first, then apply the hacked 0098 to get it to work. Because your unit is still at the 0071 level, the easiest steps to update at the hacked 0098 level now.
The hacking tool was develop for Liteon and Liteon-based models in region 1 to make them region free, add the 3hr (LP) mode to those units that didn’t have it already and disable Macrovision.
The tool will read the firmware file and only change the data for the LP mode (if needed), disable Macrovision and drop the region number by one, in north america that means from region 1 to 0 (free). If the tool is used on firmware for units outside north america you need to do the remote hack to render your 5005 region free.
The remote hack is;
- press setup
- cursor and sit on exit
- press 2960 on remote and it opens a hidden region setting menu, set it on 0.
If you apply the hacked 0098 version now, before you change the drive, your S/N will read 0102-0243-00[B]98[/B]-g289([B]11[/B]1.010b).
The “71” will change to “98” (firmware), the first digit in brackets is the region (before 2 now 1, with the hack, dropped by one, need to do the remote region hack to drop it to 0 in the UK), the second digit in brackets is the Macrovision (o=enable, 1=disable).
The last four digits on the S/N string (G2B9) identifies the drive’s firmware version, in this case, a Liteon 451s burner, if you change the drive, that number will change to the new drive’s firmware version.
Come back with any questions you might have.