On 2013-01-01 06:01 (GMT-0500) Anton Aylward composed:
What I found was that the suse installer had insisted on _not_ asking me first and had zapped the bootloader and screwed up the attempted lilo.
I repeat: it didn't ask; it didn't offer me a choice of which bootloader (as it might in a normal install) and didn't offer me a choice to edit the menu (as it might in a normal install). It just attempted to create a lilo and made a mess of that.
This has never happened to me, but I don't use LVM. IIRC, Lilo is either the only option, or the default option, for openSUSE installations to LVM, at least for certain configurations I don't use.