Blank video in most movies with 17.6
I tried 17.x (again, having tried an earlier build before with similar results), but I get a completely blank screen on most videos; can't seem to find out why.  Audio (and everything else) seems to work fine, and a few videos do work, but most don't.  These all work fine and were added with 16.1 in Ubuntu.  The platform is an Asus Z97I+ with Core I5-4570S @GHz x 4 , which has an Intel video (Haswell Desktop).  Ubuntu is 14.04 LTS.

Any suggestions what to look for?  What could be wrong?
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If you are using the Basic Method, then ensure the following is applied...
1.Enable debugging in Settings>System Settings>Logging,
2.Restart Kodi
3.Replicate the problem.

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In both instances, you should see the word DEBUG throughout the log.

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This was playing the first few seconds of the intro of a video that displays a blank screen.  Audio was fine, just no video.  If it would help, I could find a video that works correctly and post that as well.
-- Thanks!
Actually, I'll go ahead and also post a log from one that does work:

In this one, the first few moments appear to be fine; I didn't go all the way in, but it looked OK, as opposed to the one above.  I don't know what differences are in these files.  They're both .mkv files, but I don't know the encoding source.

As you can see, there were a slew of VAAPI erors in the failed one posted above, but I have no idea what that indicates. 

This one that worked had no such errors.
You are using far too old libva / i965-va-drivers - nearly 4 years old.

Update these drivers from wsnipex vaapi ppa:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:wsnipex/vaapi
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install i965-va-driver

Then restart kodi and post the Debug Log again if this continues to happen.
First decide what functions / features you expect from a system. Then decide for the hardware. Don't waste your money on crap.
That seems to do the trick!  Many thanks:  I would never have worked that out!
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