Unfortunately I still wasn't able to get it going after a few hours of messing with it.
LCD Smartie is still working fine, so I know in theory it should be "possible" to get this going, but I must be missing something.
I don't quite know what to make of the event logs to be able to analyze what's going on. LCDWriter did manage to produce a .txt file that seamingly would have been my readout with :Line 0: Media Center, Line 1: (Date and time).
I'll try some more. I really appreciate your reply though, gives me some measure of a path to follow.