Re: Need help removing lilo
yep, that's definitely a lilo error message. this is why i personally use grub. what i would do is boot from a livecd distribution or what-not (ie: gentoo live cd, or knoppix), and install grub with it. from there, use grub as your boot loader and you should be fine. in order to write grub to your MBR, you will need to type grub into the console, then do setup (hd0,0) in order to write the mbr to /dev/hda. i really don't know how with lilo.
good luck, i strongly suggest using grub, because i've had my linux partition do exactly what you described here multiple times using lilo, but never messed up with grub.
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