While trying to load Mario Kart Double Dash on a copy of the Dolphin Emulator running on an ASUS laptop with an Intel Graphics card running Windows 10, I got the following error message:

Failed to compile vertex shader:

C:\Users\[my username]\Documents\Dolphin\Emulator\Dump\bad_vs_0000.txt

Debug info (Intel, Intel(R) HD Graphics 520, 4.4.0 - Build

ERROR: 1:8: 'std140' : syntax error syntax error

After clicking OK, I heard sound, but couldn't see anything in the emulation window and got errors until I closed Dolphin.

  • there may be useful info in that dump
    – Aequitas
    Apr 12, 2017 at 5:24
  • 1
    have you tried updating graphic drivers?
    – Aequitas
    Apr 12, 2017 at 5:31

2 Answers 2


Use Direct3D instead of OpenGL.

  1. From the main menu, open the Graphics menu.
  2. There, under Basic, change the backend to "Direct3D 11".
  3. Click "Close" and start the game.

Delete [os_drive]\Users\[username]\Documents\Dolphin Emulator. If you want to keep anything there, put it somewhere else as backup.

Surprisingly worked for me.

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