Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins cover
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Electronic Arts
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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Ultimate Edition DLC must be activated online.
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Ultimate Edition.
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
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The Ultimate Edition is region locked in some countries
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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
macOS (OS X) version is no longer available for purchase after TransGaming Inc. shut down their GameTree Mac service in 2015.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Free DLC can be installed manually from the EA support site.
All of the DLC is now available in a bundle on Origin.
Name Notes
Blood Dragon Armor Free.
The Darkspawn Chronicles
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Included with Origin Access Basic.
Feastday Combo Pack 1 & 2 Includes both Feastday Gifts and Feastday Pranks
Feastday Gifts
Feastday Pranks
The Golems of Amgarrak
Leliana's Song
Promotional Pack
Return to Ostagar
The Stone Prisoner Free.
Warden's Keep
Witch Hunt

Essential improvements[edit]


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

Numerous issues are fixed in Qwinn's Ultimate Dragon Age: Origins Fixpack.


  • 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[2] 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)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Characters\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
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.
See Multi-monitor.
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)
Missing menu option. Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
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.[3] 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 and 120+ FPS
Color blind mode


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.


Use Widescreen Fixer with this plugin to fix HUD position.

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

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.[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fix #1 and Fix #2

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See also Helix Mod: Dragon Age:Origins UPDATED.

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[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]

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]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD Ex
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Single Core 1.6 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 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
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
macOS (OS X)
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


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/47810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (47810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.