Installing Lion on Mid 2007 mac mini

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I recently performed a wipe on my system's hard disk. I had a mid 2007 mac mini with OS 10.5.8 installed. After the wipe, the original installation disks do not work and i am wondering how to get my computer running again and eventually upgrade to snow leopard or lion.
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What exactly happens when you insert the original install DVD and try an install?
You can order Snow Leopard DVD here:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
Once you have Snow Leopard yo use the Mac App Store to update