Ext4 and older hardware
I faced a problem when installing latest Linux distros (I tried Fedora 12, Ubuntu 9.10 & OpenSUSE 11.2) on my old Pentium 4 laptop (Dell Inspiron 5160). Installation was failing every time at different stages under different circumstances. At the same time older linux distributions were working perfectly fine.
And then I decided to install a new distro formatting disk as ext3. And that seemed to fix all problems. My old laptop is back in business.
Has anyone else experienced similar problems with EXT4?
Yes, you are not the only one.
I have ext3 for my root partition and ext 4 for home. Works perfectly.
the only problem with ext4 is certain grub versions cannot boot from a partition formatted in ext4, so you would need a separate /boot partition, but I'm not sure that is a problem on those new distro versions
Yes, you are right about /boot.
However what puzzles me is that the same distro image works fine with ext4 by default on my new laptop, but fails on an older one. And then the same image works on the old laptop if ext3 is selected for the system partition.
The inconsistency is a bit perplexing.