Thank you for bringing this situation to our attention. Can you please report this to us using the following template: Default level information for reporting Graphics issues ?
I would like to highlight the importance of the "Steps to Replicate" part. If you could also provide us with link(s) to some video files that can be used for testing that would be great.
Once we have this information we will try to replicate the issue internally.
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Provide a detailed description of the issue
Over in the Kodi forums, many users are reporting an ongoing problem with Intel Graphics drivers for the past 2 years when it comes to playing back HEVC(x265) content on intel graphics hardware in Windows 7 and 10. This problem is widespread and affects many hardware platforms including the NUC, HD4600, HD5500, i7 6770HQ and likely most others. This crash happens when attempting to resume a HEVC encoded video file using current drivers on a windows platform with Kodi v15,16,17 and should affect any media player which uses DirectX 11 and up with DirectPlay(DXVA2).
One user reports that the issue is linked to the use of "open-gop" parameter used for encoding media files using HEVC (which is default for most encoders).
This will likely affect most of your platforms as HEVC becomes more and more prevalent. Other players which are unaffected typically use a much older version of Direct X.
Please place an X to the right of the option showing how often you see this issue using specific steps. (Ex: 'Every few times a game is started it flickers.' <- This would be "Often")
Very Sporadic (<20%):
Brand and Model of the system.
Dell Lattitude E5450
NUC based systems also
Hybrid or switchable graphics system?
ie Does it have AMD or NV graphics too?
Make and model of any Displays that are used to see the issue (see note2 below).
LFP = Local Flat Panel (Laptop panel)
EFP = External Flat Panel (Monitor you plug in)
Samsung LED TV UN55B
Seems irrelevant based on other forum users reports
How much memory [RAM] in the system (see note2 below).
Provide any other hardware needed to replicate the issue.
ie: Cables&brand, cable type [vga, hdmi, DP, etc], dock, dongles/adapters, etc
Hardware Stepping (see note1 below).
Operating System version (see note2 below).
Windows 10 x64
VBIOS (video BIOS) version. This can be found in “information page” of CUI (right click on Desktop and select “Graphics Properties”.
Graphics Driver version; for both integrated Intel and 3rd party vendors (see note2 below).
22.214.171.12424 (seems to happen with all drivers going back as far as early 2015)
SW or Apps version used to replicate the issue.
Single display, clone, or extended (see note2 below).
Display resolution & refresh rate setting of each display (see note2 below).
AC or DC mode, i.e. is power cable plugged in or not?
AC (Power Connected)
How to repro
Please provide steps to replicate the issue. These steps are very crucial to finding the root cause and fix.
A screenshot to illustrate the issue is a huge plus. A video of the failure is even better! Attach to the post or provide the YouTube link.K
- Install any version of Kodi from kodi.tv
- Go into System Settings-Player set settings level to Expert
- System-Settings-Player-Videos check that render method is set to DXVA and that "allow hardware accelleration DXVA2" is enabled
- Go back to the main home screen and go to Video-files
- Start playing sample video file and fast forward 5-10mins
- Exit video
- Start video again, you should have a menu asking to resume from where you left off
- Resume the video, this should cause kodi to crash (kodi developers are indicating that the crash is happening inside the intel driver)
Current workaround is to disable DXVA2 but leave DXVA rendering enabled (DXVA2 is enabled by default however)
Sample Video (start the download early, site only has 1Mb of throughput)
Hope this helps
Edit: copied initial post to description field
I too am experiencing this same issue. With DXVA2 disabled performance takes a hit with HEVC decoding and some videos are not playable. With DXVA2 enabled performance is great but any attempt to resume a video causes a crash. My hardware is a NUC5i3RYH with 8GB ram, Windows 10 x64, HDMI to TV @ 1080p/60hz. Short of my internal nuc specs I've got the same information as posted above.
This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation
Thank you for the information you kindly provided to replicate this issue.
I was able to reproduce the issue with the driver version .4624; however, with the latest systems using driver version .4729 I was not able to reproduce it.
The error I get when resume the video you can check the attachment.
Thank you for your interest on reporting this issue and for your kindness.
We will further investigate and once we get an answer it will be post here.
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Thank you for looking into this Ivan.
The error message you received is Kodi crashing as a result of the crash inside the intel driver as far as I'm told by the application developers.
I couldn't find the updated driver you mentioned using the driver update utility, please see attached screenshot. Can you advise me on how to proceed?
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As Ivan mentioned, we reproduced this issue in our test lab, and a bug report has been filed with our development team, bug ID# 1406352370.
The main development work is probably going to be focused on 6th and 7th Generation drivers, but if it is fixed there, we could push for any potential fix to be ported to other driver branches.
As soon as I have an update I'll post it here.
I got a reply from our debugging team. Upon reviewing the app crash dump, they think this is actually an issue coming from the Kodi application. I was trying to find a direct way to forward our debug results to the Kodi team, but I think the main contact point is their forums.
Do you know who can I contact from the Kodi dev team that can look at our debug results?
Side Note: I think we are planning to release a new 15.40 driver (4th and 5th Generation) but I do not have an ETA yet.
Thanks for following up Ronald,
Unfortunately I think your right with regards to the forums being the only way to reach out to the Kodi dev team. I think if you post your request in the thread we have on Kodi's forums one would reach out to you.
I also noted one of the Team Kodi members "afedchin" seems to understand the underlying issue best, from his post on page 1.
Maybe try creating an account and message him directly?