I have been sick the last couple days and haven't had time to devote to it.
I installed lcdproc via apt-get and changed the LCDd.conf settings and that didn't do anything for me.
I tried the standalone imon driver, but it gave me an error right off the bat with the kernel headers not being in /udr/src/linux (/linux doesn't exist)
It looks like people have it working I think it might beyond my grasp. I will keep trying.
I installed lirc and lirc-modules-sources via apt and modprobed lirc-imon.
I did echo -n "hello" /dev/lcd0 and got a permission denied.
I found a german site that showed me how chmod the dev/lcd0 so I had permission, but then it just said device is busy when I tried to echo to device.
I am still sick and now a little frustrated.
I'll have some time this weekend to try again.