Custom Roms in .zip format do not boot
About 4 months ago, I was going to install Omar Avelar's latest ROM onto my phone. I had an older version and thought it was a good time to upgrade. For some stupid reason, I figured I would do a clean install and wipe my phone clean before proceeding.
In CWM 22.214.171.124, I decided to wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition, wipe dalvik cache, wipe battery stats, format /system, format /cache, format /data and format /sdcard. Then I proceeded to install the custom ROM file using "install zip from sdcard". This wasn't the first time I had flashed the phone so I figured it would go off without a hitch like it did in the past but I was wrong.
After it finished installing, it was booting as normal and then RESTART right before it loaded. I cleared the dalvik cache and this is what happened:
youtube.com/watch?v=hbBf0u6KSsg (I dont have enough posts to link video)
Now no matter what I do, I cannot avoid this boot loop and I have no Idea how to fix it. I have tried EVERY other ROM in the development forum including ROMs by: OmarAvelar, Anerik, max_choco, Aleeexr, arman68 with the exact same result. My knowledge of the android operating system is not advanced enough to solve this so I need help.
What does work:
I can install the stock image using RSD Lite. I can install PiLlama v1.4 using fastboot (because it uses an ext4 file instead of .zip).
If I try to install any of the aforementioned ROMs on top of stock/pillama1.4, it will go back into the same boot loop.