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CUPS is a printer service. It doesn't do anything even remotely related to monitors. I think you have two unrelated problems.
Try running "linux single" from your LILO prompt. If that gets you in, edit / /etc/inittab and make sure initdefault is set to 3. (If it's set to 5, it will try to switch you to X.)
I think your mistake was telling it the monitor was something it wasn't. Run redhat-config-xfree86, and this time tell it to use one of the generic definitions. Start with something you're absolutely sure your monitor can handle.
Once you can get in, you can run ntsysv to turn off CUPS, so that you don't have do the interactive boot every time.
After you've run redhat-config-xfree86 you can test X by saying "startx".
I generally always boot into runlevel 3 (text mode), and then I either use "startx" (if I'm just going to want X for a little bit) or "init 5;exit" if I want to switch to X for the life of this boot. The extra little bit of time is not that big a deal (I don't boot my system but once every few months), and it gives me much better odds that I can get into the system to fix whatever might be broken, if anything does go wrong.