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boot into Linux at initlevel 1, by adding "rescue", "s", "single", or "init=/bin/sh" at the bootprompt. This will bypass logging in, and land u at the prompt as root. Now edit /etc/inittab and set the default initlevel from 5 to 3.
when lilo loads, hit ctrl+x... then type '<linuxLabel> single' (NOTE that you must replace <LinuxLabel> with whatever label your LinuxBoot is named...
then you will go into textual mode... if you would want to keep logging in in textual, I would advice you to edit the inittab file (try "locate inittab" or "whereis inittab"... I guess you can find it in /etc ...)
Use (assuming you are in the folder of inittab) vi ./inittab and edit the file... you should find a place where something like "dd:5:blablabla" or something is located, change the 5 to a 3 and you will startup using runlevel 3 always (if you have no network, try 2 instead of 3)