I have a problem with my macbook pro (2011 series).
I wanted to make a clean install of Lion so I burned the internal DMG of Lion (InstallESD.dmg) to a DVD (and to a pendrive, and to a partition).
Also, I check that the md5 sum of the file is correct (comparing with a friend)
Then I deleted all the partitions and I tried to install Lion, but didn't work.
There is an error in the instalation, before starting. "There was a problem installing Mac OS X. Try reinstalling".
In the install log there are two errors, but I think they are normal, because the instalation process want to find a partition with MacOS Server. The errors are:
Failed to locate volume with UUID AA438896-3641-B662-C0760B37587D
Couldn't find Mac OS X (Server) install data.
The HDD it's in good state (I passed the tests of the Disk Utility).
Now I have a very expensive stone :) without an OS, and I can't install anything on it, because the Lion Instalation DVD doesn't want to work and my DVD of Snow Leopard is 600 kilometers far away (not my lucky day ;) )
Here's the crucial bit. I got myself into this boat. After wiping my entire drive, I wondered "HOW can it possibly be finding any remnants of Lion?" The answer is PRAM. You need to reset your PRAM.
Follow this article:
After doing this, and restarting, I got a different error and a window displaying a log containing details of the failed installation. It doesn't matter. Just select a new startup disk, or do the "hold the Option key during boot" trick to select your USB install image, and when you restart, you'll get the normal "clean installer" options.