After the install the screen was ghosted. There were about 4vertical copies blurred together. I logged in basically blindly and fixed it in xfce but the login screen is still ghosted every time.
I have never seen a situation where the login screen was not graphically correct but you are still able to get into xfce. That is very strange. The only thing I can suggest is re-boot into linux-tui, login as root, run "vasm", xconf and try reconfiguring X. If that does not work you need to find out your monitor's horizontal and vertical sync rates (check your manuals or the manufacturer's website) and enter those correct sync rates into the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file in the appropriate place.
And the other thing is, I would just like to know how to change the timelimit on the bootloader. Do I just go to some liloconf file or is there some gui way of doing it?
Check the "lilo" paragraph in this HOWTO:http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum2/index.php?topic=3234.0