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:

Change it to:

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

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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11 Responses to Dragon Age Origins on Windows 7 x64

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    TechyGuy said:

    TO THE MODERATORS: please remove that last post of mine, it seems dxdiag under windows 7 is different and doesnt allow me to disable the acceleration after all :/

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    stevis said:

    i play game for 5-10 min then it crash and my pc is restart
    i have
    window 7 (64 bit)
    intel core 2 duo processor 2.4Ghz
    nividia 9600m gt graphic card
    4 gb ram
    i update my graphic card driver nd sound card driver but my game dragon age origin keep crashing nd my pc turn off after 5-10 min with black screen nd with repated sound while im playing the game.
    plz help me as soon as possible

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Baris said:

    I also have the same problem stevis has.

    I had no problem till last 2 days but my computer began to shut itself down after playing appx. 10 minutes.

    I use Windows 7 x64 and have 4 gb RAM with Nvidia GT 240M and Intel core 2 duo 2.8 processor.

    If anyone has any solution please post it.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Guys, if you really want to find the problem you will have to check your DMP files. DMP files are automatically created when your PC crashs.

    I wrote a tutorial how to open your DMP files, read it and then post the content of your DMP files here:


    I know this is going to take some time, but it’s your best chance to find the error. Once you know what the error is I can give you real advice.

    If you are too lazy to check your DMP files, I would try to check some other drivers. It’s usually a graphic card driver issue and sometimes it can happen that newer drivers are not compatible with a game.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Brant said:

    Quad Core is sensless unless you are encoding video, No modern game can take advantage of quad cores because its simply inconcievable to spawn and manage AI in huindreds of threads, current software techniques would leave the game completly unstable. Currently a higher clocked Dual core is cheaper and more efficient for 99.99% of ALL software applications including games, the only place this mught be of some tiny advantage is with RTS games if the software happens to use a thread for each ‘unit’ which is highly unlikely because of the ram and CPU lag that would create on non quad core systems, Quad core is simply not ready yet, get a higher clocked dual core and you are good to go!!!

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    DT010 said:

    Brant who are you kidding, why by a dual core now when quad cores are resonably priced and have alot more “probable” processing potential than a dual core. Comments like that keep people in the dark ages believing Y technology is never going to be better than X.

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Brant got a very valid point imo. Games do not support quad-cores (it would be great if they did but they currently dont). A dual core is good because one CPU can do the stuff in the background (OS etc) and one core is dedicated to the game.

    Nonetheless, I’ll be one of the first to buy the new hexacore of AMD that is coming out next month. Why? No,I’m not encoding videos but DT010 you got a point too, we got to move forward and multi-core CPU’s are the future and I’m 100% sure that the next Windows will fully support them and by then new games will support them too.

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Bruce said:

    Quad cores are needed because the game isn’t the only process that’s running on your machine. You have about 30 or more additional processes running and competing for resources and you have kernel mode processing going on as well. If you want your game to run well you don’t want it vying for CPU with everything else going on. For a game not to be thread-safe is just bad programming. It’s not the fault of the multi-core threaded CPU chip. Windows 7 supports the threading quite well.

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rick said:

    Actualy, in my case updating catalyst drivers for ATI 4670 videocard was the begining of the end…do you know what shpuld I do to downgrade it?

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Rick, uninstall the drivers, download the old drivers from ati and install them.

    Some people told me the catalyst 9.11 V2 beta 4 drivers are very good.
    Download Link: http://download2-developer.amd.com/amd/Stream20Beta/ati-opencl-beta-driver-v2.0-beta4-vista-win7.zip

    Also make sure to use a tool like Driver Sweeper to get rid of leftovers. And there’s a driver backup tool that you could use to backup your drivers next time before you install new drivers. Get it here:

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Rohan said:


    I have a core i7 740QM which is a quad core processor with 8GB of RAM and a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon 5730. Dragon Age’s frame rate is pretty sluggish at max settings, I would have thought it would be fine. Any advice?

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