Kodi is an amazing video streaming player that is perfect for anyone who likes movies, TV shows, and sports. Using different add-ons the Kodi player can stream video content from different sources on the Internet.
If you have been using Kodi for a long time and it suddenly stops working, you might feel irritated. However, don’t worry. We have provided some solutions that can quickly fix the Kodi not working issue.
Before performing troubleshooting steps
Many times you cannot watch a video in Kodi because the video link is no longer valid.
Before performing troubleshooting steps, you need to ensure the problem is in Kodi player by opening different video links. If you see none of the video links open in Kodi player, it means that problem lies with the Kodi player.
In this case, use these solutions in the order they appear here, until you are able to resolve the error.
Solution 1 – Update your graphics drivers
Since Kodi plays the majority of the video formats, you need to have updated graphics drivers. If you are experiencing problems watching videos, the reason can be outdated graphics drivers.
You can update graphics drivers using Driver Downloader software. Driver Downloader software offers you an easy way to update all drivers on your system including graphics drivers.
It has a very simple interface and even a novice user can update drivers through this driver update software.
With Driver Downloader, you don’t have to worry about finding technical details of your computer. The Driver downloader software will automatically scan your system and give you an option to update all drivers automatically.
Here are the steps you need to follow.
Step 1- Download DriverDownloader
Step 2 – Select Run or Save
When you click on the link to download DriverDownloader, you might get two options- Run or Save.
Some users mayn’t get these options. Instead, they will see the setup file download starts automatically.
If you select Run option, the installation of the DriverDownloader will be initiated automatically after the file has been downloaded.
If you select Save option, the setup file will be downloaded to Downloads folder. Then you would need to manually start the installation by browsing to the Downloads folder and double-clicking on set up file.
Step 3- Install DriverDownloader
When you see the pop-up with Install option, click Install and follow on-screen instructions to install Driver downloader software
Step 4 – Register DriverDownloader
After the Driver downloader software is installed, it will scan for outdated drivers and present information about outdated drivers. When you click Yes, the tool will automatically download and install the latest drivers, including the latest graphics drivers.
If the Kodi not working issue is not resolved after updating graphics drivers, you would need to also update DirectX.
Solution 2 -Update DirectX on Windows
DirectX is part of modern Windows operating system and the updates for DirectX are generally made available through Windows updates.
Before performing any steps to update DirectX on Windows, you need to first check the version of DirectX on your system.
Here is some important information about DirectX and their versions on different Windows operating systems.
- Windows 10 – the latest supported version is DirectX 12
- Windows 8.1 – the latest supported version is DirectX 11.2
- Windows 8 – the latest supported version is DirectX 11.1
- Windows 7 – the latest supported version is DirectX 11.1
Here are the steps to check DirectX version of Windows 10
- Go to Desktop and type dxdiag in the search box
- Select dxdiag from search results
- In the System information section, check the DirectX version
If you see your system has latest DirectX version, you don’t need to perform steps given below. You can try other solutions to fix the Kodi not working issue.
How to update DirectX on Windows?
As mentioned earlier, Microsoft does not provide standalone versions of DirectX. To get the latest supported version of DirectX for your Windows OS, you need to install all pending updates that will automatically update DirectX on your Windows system.
Here are the steps to install pending updates in Windows 10
- Go to Desktop
- Click Start and select Settings
- Click Update & Security
- Click Windows updates and then select Check for updates
Solution 3 – Disable hardware acceleration
Hardware acceleration in Windows allows you to specify performance of graphics hardware on your system.
In Kodi, hardware acceleration is enabled by default. When Kodi stops working, disabling hardware acceleration might fix any issues in Kodi.
Here are the steps to disable hardware acceleration in Kodi.
- Open Kodi Player
- Click Settings
- Select Player Settings
- Click Settings(gear icon) below three times until you see Expert label for Settings
- In the right-hand section, look for Allow hardware acceleration –DXVA2 option
- Move the slider to disable hardware acceleration
- Restart Kodi player
Solution 4 – Clear add-on cache
Add-ons are known to store cache every time you use Kodi player. If you have not cleared cache of add-ons for a long time, it can result in too much cache that may cause Kodi to behave erratically and throw up errors.
The simple solution to this problem is clearing add-on cache.
Here are the steps to follow
- Start Kodi player
- Click Add-ons
- On the right-hand side, you can see add-ons installed in Kodi.
Here we have shown you steps to clear cache for Exodus add-on
- Select Video add-ons and then select Exodus
- In the next screen, select Tools
- Look for Exodus: Clear Cache option in the lower section and click on it
- When you are prompted for confirmation, select Yes
- Restart Kodi
Solution 5 – Disable add-ons
Having many add-ons gives you several entertainment options but sometimes too many add-ons can cause Kodi player to behave erratically.
The simple solution to this problem is disabling add-ons that you don’t use frequently. Here are the steps you need to follow.
- Start Kodi player
- Click Add-ons
Note: If you know the add-ons that need to be disabled and also know their respective category, you can go ahead and select the category first and then double-click on the add-on you want to disable. If you are not sure about which add-ons to disable but want to see all add-ons installed and then take the decision to disable a few, select all which will give you a complete list of add-ons. Kindly note the add-ons with a check mark are the ones installed in your Kodi player.
- Select All
- Scroll down the list to select any add-on you want to disable.
- Double-click the add-on. Here we have shown you steps to disable Exodus add-on
- Select Disable
- Follow the above 2 steps to disable any add-on that you don’t use frequently
- Restart Kodi player.
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