Today is a good day!
I revisited my dodgy power module and this project as I wasn't satisfied the moduse was the problem. Sure enough, it was working fine.
I checked out the driver board for my lcd screen and metered out some of the tracks. I found a few traces that wevent up to scratch, plus a burnt out component. Bypassing the traces withe a bit of wire and replacing the burns parts and voila - it works!
I just need an extremely short HDMI cable and this little fella is usable!