Dragon Age Origins on Windows 7 x64

Have you bought Dragon Age Origins recently and ran into a few critical errors when running it on a x64 system like Windows 7 or Windows Vista x64? Here are some possible solutions.

Dragon Age Origins on Windows 7 x64

Dragon Age Origins Fix 1: Disable Error Reporting & Set CPU Affinity

Turn off Windows Error Reporting.
XP: Go to Control Panel->System->Advanced->Error Reporting.
Vista/Windows 7: How to turn of Windows 7 Error Reporting

Set CPU Affinity
1. Open the task manager (STRG+ALT+DEL)
2. Open up processes tab
3. Right-click on “DAoriginLauncher”
4. Click on “Set affinity”
5. Uncheck either CPU1 or CPU0

Set CPU Affinity in Windows 7

Dragon Age Origins Fix 2: Disable Sound

At the official forums, Biowae suggested to disable the sound, because some sound card drivers cause a lot of problems. Playing without sound is ok if you turn on some other music, but it’s not really a solution. Instead you could try to update your sound card drivers. But first, let’s turn off the sound and see if this is your *real* problem:

Windows 7/Vista: C:\Users\(yourusername)\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings
XP: \My Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings

Open “dragon age.ini”

Do a search for:
SoundDisabled=0

Change it to:
SoundDisabled=1

Save the file and relaunch the game.

Many people with Realtek sound cards reported problems. What you can do is to get the latest drivers from Microsoft and not from Realtek. I have a motherboard with a realktek chipset, but I grabbed the latest drivers from Microsoft and not Realtek. This will disable some of your audio options ingame, but you will at least be able to play with sound.

update realtek sound driver

1. Open the control panel->device manager.
2. Uncollapse Sound Controllers.
3. Double-click on your sound card and update your drivers.

Dragon Age Origins Fix 3: Turn of Hyperthreading

You might want to try to turn off hyperthreading. HT was causing a lot of trouble and crashes for some players.

Dragon Age Origins Fix 4: Run Windows XP Mode

Another solution might be to run the Windows XP Mode. Windows 7 comes with a built-in XP Mode that you can use to run applications that won’t fully work on Windows 7.

Dragon Age: Origins System Requirements

To run DAO with full details enabled you will need a pretty good system. Here are the recommended system requirements.

Dragon Age Origins

Minimum (XP):
Core 2 Duo with 1.4 GHz or Athlon 64 X2 with 1.8 GHz, 1024 MB RAM, Geforce 6600 GT or Radeon X850 with 128 MB, 20 GB disc space

Minimum (Vista):
Core 2 duo with 1.6 GHz or Athlon 64 X2 with 2.2 GHz, 1536 MB RAM, Geforce 7600 GT or Radeon X1550 with 256 MB, 20 GB disc space

Recommended:
Core 2 Quad with 2.4 GHz, 2048 MB RAM (XP), 4096 MB RAM (Vista), Geforce 8800 GTS or Radeon HD 3850 with 512 MB

Dragon Age Origins: Patch

You should also download the latest patch. You can download it from the following sites:

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