Thanks, CloudBuilder. (Great name, incidentally.) The problem turned out to be mostly between my ears. I have Windows on hda (the master drive) and installed Mepis linux on hdb and tried to put LiLo on hdb when, of course, it belongs on the MBR on hda. So I reinstalled and put LiLo on the MBR in hda and everything works fine. Some days are like that.