So I attempted to installed XP Media Center on the Mini 12. I used a sp3 slipstreamed version of Media Center 2005 and the install went smoothly. Updated all drivers and software, etc (used all the XP drivers from the Dell site).
Everything seems to be working fine EXCEPT the Media Center itself. When I open Media Center I get a garbled bunch of blue and white patterns (see attachment).
The problem happens every time I open Media Center. Media Center is actually working, as in I can navigate from there to, e.g. open a slide show (which works). But something is very wrong with Media Center.