[QUOTE=bevills1;2749648]That blue plastic piece that opens the drawer is only accessible with the recorder cover removed I would assume. Is this correct, and does pushing it to the left once to open the drawer permanently fix the problem? I have a lvw5006 exhibiting the same problem. I have been lightly tapping on the drawer cover while it’s trying to open which gets it to open most times, but the procedure you describe would be better if it permanently fixes the problem.[/QUOTE]
It sounds like part of the mechanism that raises or lowers the optical assembly and spindle motor inside the optical drive. (If it’s like every other optical drive I’ve seen, the tray catches the plastic piece on the way in or out, and raises the assembly up or down when this plastic piece forced left or right).
If you can open the recorder and get inside the optical drive (apparently not difficult?), you can check for yourself. Maybe add a tiny bit of grease if it seems to stick; you should be able to manually open and close the tray a few times while the optical drive is opened to figure out which part needs a little help.