Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age: Origins
Release dates
November 3, 2009
December 3, 2009
Dragon Age: Origins at Steam Charts
Dragon Age: Origins at SteamDB
 Dragon Age: Origins at Wikipedia
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening
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


Source DRM Notes Keys
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
Retail Disc checkCD/DVD key (no activation) Ultimate Edition DLC must be activated online. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Advantage All product keys can be optionally activated on Origin.

Essential improvements[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.)


  • 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]

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

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Characters\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native Syncs save games and settings.
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Silver.svg See Multi-monitor, Position Affects Gameplay
Ultra-widescreen Native 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) Impossible
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible Appears in DragonAge.ini, but appears to do nothing.[2]
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]


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
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

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


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

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 Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 1.8 GHz 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 HD X850
ATI Radeon HD 3850
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


  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...??