Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age: Origins
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Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
November 3, 2009
OS X
December 3, 2009
Dragon Age: Origins at WineHQ
Dragon Age: Origins at SteamDB
 Dragon Age: Origins at Wikipedia
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age II 2011
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc checkCD/DVD key (no activation) Ultimate Edition DLC must be activated online. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Amazon.com DRM details are not known Windows and OS X versions available; retail or download.
GamersGate DRM details are not known DRM: Other DRM. Windows and OS X versions available separately. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Windows only.
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Ultimate Edition; Awakening expansion is also available.
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Windows only.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Windows only. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Advantage 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 your game to support use of up to 4 GB of RAM (as opposed to the 2 GB it is restricted to by default). 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, backup the executable before patching, run the application, and select your executable.
Information Steam version isn't compatible. Origin version is compatible.[1]
  • Skip The Fade. In the Mage's Tower quest there is a section called "The Fade", this is known to be an incredibly annoying section as you must perform the actions in it in a specific order. There is no hint to this order and as it is a 'puzzle' section, you often wonder if you are failing to solve the puzzle or are working in the wrong order. This mod skips the annoying bit, gives you the benefits of having done it, and allows you to Go to the more interesting parts.
  • Console font is the file that is often missing from the install data. Install this to make console commands visible.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native support Syncs save games and settings.
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Silver.svg See Multi-monitor, Position Affects Gameplay
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Silver.svg
4K Ultra HD Hackable WSGF 4K Silver.svg At high resolutions font sizes are too small to read. You will require a mod to alter the interface.
Field of view (FOV) No native support
Windowed Hackable Only accessible via Alt+Enter
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Works with Windowed Borderless Gaming after using Alt+Enter to get into windowed mode. In WBG settings make sure to set the resolution to your native res, to avoid inaccurate mouse placement.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support Appears in DragonAge.ini, but appears to do nothing.[2]
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support Under NVIDIA Inspector use this anti-aliasing compatibility bit 0x004010C0 to utilize SGSSAA for NVIDIA graphics card.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]

Multi-monitor[edit]

Fix Custom resolutions, wider than 16:9

Information 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]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support SFX, music and dialogue.
Surround sound Native support Up to 5.1 output.[4]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions Native support
Mute on focus lost Native support

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Czech Native support Unknown Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Unknown Native support
Hungarian Native support Unknown Native support
Italian Native support Unknown Native support
Polish Native support Native support Native support
Russian Native support Unknown Native support
Spanish Native support No native support Native support

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]

Fix 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]

Fix 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]

Fix Change processor affinity

  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]

Fix Disable automatic login[5]

  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]

Fix PhysX fails to initialize when starting game[6]

  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. New 120Hz Games Report
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. HOW TO PLAY OFFLINE WITH DLC!!! - PC Technical Support - The BioWare Forum
  6. Physx error...??