Newt and Daniel,
I'm happy to report that I was able to boot into my installation on /dev/hda6 using the tab at the Live CD's prompt and modifying the command for my situation. I fixed up the bootsect.lnx file and reran lilo -v and rebooted successfully into VL 6 Light.
Thanks so much for the suggestion!
Glad to hear it worked. Inspired by this, I have added a boot option for that kind of scenario.
Say Granny, I notice that your signature mentions some ATI powered boxes. Have you tried using fglrx (vlati) on any of them? Booting to CLI, vga=normal would probably be the best starting point, log in as root and run vxconf.