@fitheach To be honest, that was the last time when I fully understood how a stage 1 Linux loader worked.
Kind of the same here. I "invested" a lot of time in lilo, and was probably one of the last to migrate to grub. At the time I didn't feel grub offered me anything extra, and I knew my way around all the lilo options.
The PC in question is running Debian Lenny, which was first released in 2009. I hadn't booted it since 2013.