Origin

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Origin
Origin-logo.png
Developer(s) Electronic Arts
First release date June 3, 2011
Digital Distribution

Key points

Advantage Keys for most games developed or published by EA can be redeemed on Origin; see List of Origin-redeemable games.
Information Games using Origin are not sold on Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Redeem EA games on Origin[edit]

Information See List of Origin-redeemable games for details.

Issues fixed[edit]

Origin can't connect/can't log in[edit]

If Origin cannot connect to the internet and won't let you log in, try opening the Command Prompt and running this command: netsh winsock reset

Origin Offline/You must be online the first time you log in[edit]

Information This can happen with Windows / Origin update.

Fix Reset / Repair Host fileLink

Reset the Hosts file back to the default: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034

Origin - Reset to defaults / Clear data cache[edit]

Information If you are getting issues with downloading DLC or Updating games, this will help to allow to restore origin with a full uninstall.

Fix Clear Origin data cache foldersLink

  1. Make sure Origin is closed, check notification area and exit Origin.
  2. Then delete the following folders (This will not affect downloaded games):
  3. Start Origin, it may prompt to update and then be able to login and go online.
Note: Clearing the data caches will make all of your installed games update if available.

Enable Steam overlay in Origin games[edit]

Information The Steam and Origin overlays conflict; to use the Steam overlay, disable the Origin overlay.
Information This might not work for all Origin games.

Fix Disable Origin overlayLink

  1. In Origin click the gear symbol in the top right, settings.
  2. Click the in game tab.
  3. Uncheck the box next to "Enable Origin In Game".
  4. Click Done and exit Origin.
  5. In Steam click "Add a Game" in the bottom left, then "Add a Non-Steam Game".
  6. Browse to your Origin.exe file (default is C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe).
  7. Select "Add Selected Programs".
  8. There will now be an Origin entry in your Steam Library; you can change the name and icon by right clicking it and selecting Properties.
  9. Launch Origin through Steam, then launch the game you want. The Steam overlay will now work in-game.
  10. To stop showing up as "in-game" on Steam, you have to close your browser and exit Origin.

DirectX Setup "An internal system error occurred" error when installing games[edit]

Information Some Origin games may refuse to install due to bundling a corrupted DXSETUP.exe.

Fix Replace corrupted DXSETUP.exe[1]Link

  1. Download the DirectX End-User Runtimes.
  2. Extract somewhere temporarily.
  3. Cut DXSETUP.exe
  4. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games
  5. Go into the game's folder.
  6. Go into __Installer\directx\redist.
  7. Paste the replacement DXSETUP.exe here, replacing the existing file.
  8. Try installing again.

Origin stops downloading after an ungiven threshold[edit]

Fix Start Origin in R&D modeLink

  1. Exit Origin
  2. Create a new empty document on your desktop
  3. Enter the following in the file:
[connection]
EnvironmentName=production

[Feature]
CdnOverride=akamai
  1. Save the file as EACore.ini
  2. Now start Origin. Upon start you will be asked if you want to import the file you just created on your desktop. Press Yes. This will overwrite your old config-file.
Information The EACore.ini file is deleted from your desktop as soon as you import it. If you ever want to leave R&D mode you need to go to the location where Origin is installed and delete the EACore.ini file found there.
Information It has been reported that having Origin in R&D-mode will increase your download speed.

References

  1. How to fix the installation problem with DXSETUP.exe for Origin Games (tested on Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3) : gaming