Dragon Age: Origins

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

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Official website

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Ultimate Edition DLC must be activated online.
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Ultimate Edition; Awakening expansion is also available.
Windows
GameStop
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Ultimate Edition.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Ultimate Edition; Awakening expansion is also available.
Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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The Ultimate Edition is region locked in some countries
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Windows
All product keys can be optionally activated on Origin.
The GOG.com version includes all the DLC like the Collector's Edition items, A Tale of Orzammar and the Camp storage chest with a patch

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Free DLC can be installed manually from the EA support site.
Name Notes
Blood Dragon Armor Free.
Windows
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
Windows
Feastday Combo Pack Includes both Feastday Gifts and Feastday Pranks
Windows
Feastday Gifts
Windows
Feastday Pranks
Windows
The Golems of Amgarrak
Windows
The Stone Prisoner Free.
Windows
Promotional Pack
Windows
Return to Ostagar
Windows
Warden's Keep
Windows
Witch Hunt
Windows

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).

Numerous issues are fixed in Qwinn’s Ultimate Dragon Age: Origins Fixpack v3.3.

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.
    • Works with the Origin version[1] and the GOG.com version. The Steam version can use the exe located in this Steam guide to use the 4GB patch.
  • 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 intro videos[edit]

Edit config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open DragonAge.ini.
  3. 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
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
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.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K. Use the FtG UI Mod to partially improve text readability.
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[citation needed]
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.

Notes

Use Widescreen Fixer with this plugin to fix HUD position.

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
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 Sub 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[citation needed]

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[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open DAOriginsConfig.exe and disable Fullscreen mode.
  3. 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]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD Ex
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista SP1, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Single Core 1.6 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 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 (XP)
ATI Radeon X1550 (Vista, 7)
Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (XP)
Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT (Vista, 7)
128 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 3850
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
512 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce GT 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...??