On my desktop (XP, SP2) I'm having the same problems as CustomZ02, it builds the media database and then crashes.
On my laptop I got it working (XP, SP1).
When I launch the program, the frame from "Genre", "All music", "volume" etc is visible, and going into "music mode" and clicking on the "LIST" button the next option shows up, fades away and then pops back, fully visible.
I do not have the same problems with 1/2 as AlienEclipse.
As for mini mode I think that MediaCar (haven't tried Frodo's) had a nice solution where the external app was still "embedded" in MediaCar.
Tried the DVD player with the same results as AlienEclipse.