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That reruns lilo so it updates it's copy of the boot files in the MBR.
If you replaced your current kernel, then /boot/vmlinuz and other places should be linked to the new kernel, but if you made a second lot of kernel files to be safe, you'll need to edit your lilo.conf to point to the new ones.
Check where that link should go.
If you are running lilo whithout editing /etc/lilo.config then you are not making any changes to lilo.
You want to set lilo up so that when you boot lilo pauses and gives you a chance to select which kernel to run. You do this by editing /etc/lilo.conf.
You probably need to make two additions to /etc/lilo/conf. In the header section you need to add prompt and timeout commands so that lilo will pause and give you a choice of kernels.
Then you need to add a second image section describing your new kernel and where it is located.
When you have /etc/lilo.conf set up the way that you want then you enter the lilo command for the changes to take effect.
If you mess up /etc/lilo.conf you can make your computer unbootable. So you should either have a rescue CD available (the SuSE 8.0 distro has a rescue mode) or you can try out your new lilo first by creating the new version on a booot floppy. Creating a boot floppy is a little more complicated than changing lilo on the boot hard disk.
Your SuSE manuals have a good description of how to work with lilo.