Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins cover
Developers
BioWare
OS X TransGaming Inc.
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Eclipse
Release dates
Windows November 3, 2009
OS X December 3, 2009
Dragon Age: Origins guide at StrategyWiki
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age II 2011
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014

General information

The BioWare Forum
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums
Official website

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Ultimate Edition DLC must be activated online.
Amazon.com Windows and OS X versions available; retail or download.
GamersGate
Gamesplanet Ultimate Edition; Awakening expansion is also available.
GameStop
Green Man Gaming Ultimate Edition; Awakening expansion is also available.
Origin
Steam
All product keys can be optionally activated on Origin.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest patch is Dragon Age: Origins 1.05. Applying this patch is highly recommended (Steam and Origin users do not need to install the patch).

Modifications[edit]

  • NTCore's 4GB patch allows you to patch the game's executable to let it use up to 4 GB of RAM (as opposed to the default 2 GB limit). You must be running a 64-bit version of Windows to properly use the patch. To patch your game, be sure to install the latest update and backup the game's executable before patching it.
Only works with the Origin version.[1]
  • Console font is the file that is often missing from the install data. Install this to make console commands visible.
  • FtG UI Mod: By default, the game uses a small font that is difficult to read when running the game at a higher resolution. This mod increases the font's size.
  • Skip The Fade: In the Broken Circle quest, there is a section called "The Fade". This is known to be a frustrating section, as you must perform complete parts of it in a specific order. This mod skips most of the section, and gives you all the rewards of having completed it.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit config file
  1. Open the Configuration file.
  2. Change the line DisableIntroMovies=0 to DisableIntroMovies=1 and save the file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings\DragonAge.ini
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Characters\
OS X

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Syncs save games and settings.[citation needed]
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
At higher resolutions, the text can be difficult to read. Use the FtG UI Mod.
Multi-monitor
See Multi-monitor, Position Affects Gameplay
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with Borderless Gaming. In BG settings make sure to set the resolution to your native res, to avoid inaccurate mouse placement.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
The option in DragonAge.ini appears to do nothing.[2] Force through the GPU control panel instead.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Under NVIDIA Inspector, use antialiasing compatibility bit 0x004010C0 to utilize SGSSAA for an NVIDIA graphics card.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode

Multi-monitor[edit]

Custom resolutions, wider than 16:9
You may need to manually add resolutions wider than 16:9.
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings\DragonAge.ini
  2. Change ResolutionWidth= and ResolutionHeight= to the resolution you want.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, music and dialogue.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Ultimate Edition crashes to desktop on exit[edit]

The Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins sometimes crashes upon exiting.

Issues fixed[edit]

  • Steam users have been compiling a list of in-game bugs on the Steam Forums. Some bugs, and their solutions, may be listed there.

EA Account Log-In Issues[edit]

EA Account Log-In Issues

If you are having issues logging into Dragon Age: Origins with your EA Account it is most likely because you have special characters (like "#") in your password which the game does not support.

Failed to find supported Video Card driver[edit]

Failed to find supported Video Card driver
  1. Open DAOriginsConfig.exe and disable Fullscreen mode.
  2. You can activate Fullscreen from the options in-game.

Crash to desktop[edit]

Change processor affinity[citation needed]
  1. Open task manager
  2. Right click on daorigins.exe
  3. Select 'Set processor affinity'
  4. Uncheck the first 2 cores

Can't use DLC offline[edit]

Disable automatic login[4]
  1. Log in in-game with internet access to authenticate the current DLC.
  2. Log out of the account in-game.
  3. Ensure "always log me in" is unchecked.
  4. Continue playing normally. If you add more DLC repeat these steps to authorise it for offline use.

PhysX fails to initialize when starting game[edit]

PhysX fails to initialize when starting game[5]
  1. Uninstall currently installed PhysX driver (even if it is the latest version)
  2. Install the latest NVIDIA PhysX System Software.

Other information[edit]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP1, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Single 1.6 Ghz
AMD 64 2.0 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz
AMD Phenom II X2 2.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista, 7)
2 GB (XP)
3 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X850 256MB (XP)
ATI Radeon X1550 256MB (Vista, 7)
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB (XP)
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB (Vista, 7)
DirectX (November 2007) compatible
ATI Radeon HD 3850
NVIDIA 8800GTS
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX (November 2007) compatible
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.2
Processor (CPU) Core 2 Duo Processor
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI X1600
NVIDIA 7300

References

  1. Tested by Ricardinho
  2. Alpharian's blog - DAO Graphics Tweak Guide | BioWare Social Network
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. HOW TO PLAY OFFLINE WITH DLC!!! - PC Technical Support - The BioWare Forum
  5. Physx error...??