Emulator Issues #11539

Dolphin isn't pulling back cover images from Gametdb for all games.

Added by robross0606 27 days ago. Updated 27 days ago.

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  • Battle of Giants Dinosaurs Strike (Disc 0, Revision 0) SGXE41 (0001000053475845)
  • Top Shot: Dinosaur Hunter (Disc 0, Revision 0) R8XZ52 (000100005238585a)

MD5 Hash? (right click the game in the game list, properties, info tab, MD5 Hash: Compute)

  • 2d7699ffd8f8a041329a6e5ae633a86d
  • 727ebaa372ce058673f9fb3fe3ac050c

What's the problem? Describe what went wrong.

I have a couple games that Dolphin doesn't seem to pull back from even though they are both USA region and the properties reports game IDs that I am able to look up manually on GameTDB and all the other metadata looks accurate.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

Simply open up Dolphin in grid mode and see a grey "x" on particular games instead of the proper cover image.

Is the issue present in the latest development version? For future reference, please also write down the version number of the latest development version.

Yes 5.0-9458

Is the issue present in the latest stable version?

As far as I know, grid mode isn't available in stable version.

If the issue isn't present in the latest stable version, which is the first broken version? (You can find the first broken version by bisecting. Windows users can use the tool and anyone who is building Dolphin on their own can use git bisect.)

Seems to have been broken for these two games since the Grid feature was added in beta.

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What are your PC specifications? (CPU, GPU, Operating System, more)

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Build 17134
Dell G3 3579 Laptop Core i7-9750H
NVidia GTX 1050 Ti

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#1 Updated by robross0606 27 days ago

Here are the locations of the data available for these games on

#2 Updated by spycrab0 27 days ago

Have you tried deleting all files from your Cache/GameCovers folder in your Dolphin User directory?

Edit: You might wanna try deleting Cache/gamelist.cache too while you're at it.

#3 Updated by robross0606 27 days ago

I tried using the Purge Game List Cache from the View menu but I have not tried it manually yet. Which folder is it?

#4 Updated by robross0606 27 days ago

Okay, so I removed the /cache folder under Dolphin and that fixed one of the two. I guess the Purge... option on the menu is not the same as actually purging the folder manually. Even so, Top Shot: Dinosaur Hunter (R8XZ52) did not correct itself.

#5 Updated by JosJuice 27 days ago

The purge option in the menu is the same as gamelist.cache.

#6 Updated by robross0606 27 days ago

I just checked the GameCovers subfolder and an image for R8XZ52 is not in there. Not sure why because it is accessible at:

My guess is that there is no high quality ("HQ") image available for that title. However, there is one for the low resolution and the cover art cache is low resolution anyway. It seems to only be looking for high resolution images and not the one available at:

#7 Updated by robross0606 27 days ago

I was able to manually download that image and place it in the GameCovers cache folder which at least temporarily fixed the issue. Seems like a good idea for the cover art downloader to try for HQ images, but fail over to the low resolution image if an HQ one isn't available. Especially since the stored images are only thumbnail size anyway.

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