No. Never done it in the past, so didn't bother. The selection I mentioned always worked
Did you do an md5sum check on the image first, then the burned CD? Seems like somethings wrong with the disk. It should have at least done the partitioning, before telling you to reboot the first time, then the second time read the partition table and been able to install to the partitions it had made.
Then again, did you try using any of the other options, like Use Existing partitions, or Custom?