> This is where the trouble began. I get 'boot1>.....' when booting the
> machine, and was unable to do anything from this prompt.
> Luckily, I made a copy of lilo on a floppy just in case, which allowed me
> access back to my system.
> I figured I would do a complete re-install of RH5.0.
When something goes wrong with a Linux machine, don't rush right out
and re-install everything. I know that's what other major OS vendors
have trained you to do, but it's not the problem; linux doesn't rot on
the hard drive like some other OSs apparently do.
You're wasting time, and depriving yourself of a chance to learn what
the hell went wrong so you can avoid it next time. Re-installing, with
the same set of options will likely yield the same failure, getting
you more ired and less able to calmly rationally debug the problem.
If you didn't get a LILO: prompt, you aren't booting lilo, and should
re-point lilo to the correct place on the disk and re-run lilo to
update the disk.
For a Linux only system, I don't see *any* reason not to use the MBR
of the disk (/dev/hda) rather than the root sector of a partition
(For that matter, a dual boot Win95/Linux should also use the MBR IME...)