Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition

Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition

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Making DA: Origins LAA (Steam)
By -3xA'Lu©κy
WARNING: please use this Steam guide with caution as I can't say if the LAA .exe used in this guide is legal or not. Past files I've discovered have been problematic, and while I've made an attempted effort to ensure that this .exe works and is completely safe... it's provided only for the sake of simply helping users with an issue that was never fixed in this game.

For those who think the file contained in this guide may be a virus:

LAA = Large Address Aware, aka. 4 GB launcher/loader.

LAA basically allows for a game's executable to use more than the standard 2 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Steam's "daorigins.exe" file is encrypted and can't be LAA patched; thus this guide requires you replace it with the .exe provided.

This is helpful as it addresses the known memory leak that exists in this game that was never corrected with patches. Basically, when ~ 2GB of RAM was used by the game a lot of users find that their game either: slowed down to a crawl, had long loading times, simply crashed or did a combination of these. As such, the .exe used in this guide aims to remedy all of this. It's apparently the same version as this game and is reported by multiple sites and friends to work fine.

This is only recommended for 64 bit PCs, unless you perform the "3 GB Switch" on your 32 bit PC (allows you to use the full 3 GB of RAM instead of just 2 GB of RAM) : http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-enable-a-3GB-switch-on-Windows-Vista-Windows-7-or-Windows-XP-s.html

* Credit goes to Daniel Pistelli for their helpful "4GB Patch" tool ( http://www.ntcore.com/4gb_patch.php ) that is used in this community guide!
Pre-patched .exe

This section contains a linked 1.05 "daorigins.exe" file that's already been LAA patched. If you would prefer to LAA patch the file yourself: please visit the "Do-It-Yourself" section in this Steam guide.

With that out of the way -- I've put the .exe in a compressed .zip folder and the download link is here:

All you need to do, once you've extracted the downloaded file, is to then move it into: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Dragon Age Ultimate Edition\bin_ship\

NOTE: The Steam overlay and all Steam-related features will all work and should not be affected by this fix. If, however, for some reason you are not able to have the Steam overlay open while this game is running: add the "daorigins.exe" file to Steam as a "non-Steam game". Then launch the game through Steam using the "daorigins.exe" Steam shortcut.

For those of you who want to LAA patch the "daorigins.exe" file yourself, I'll gladly point out the steps:

Download the 1.05 "daorigins.exe" file:

Download the LAA tool (same tool that was used for the .exe in the above section in this Steam guide) :

1. Extract both downloaded .zips and you'll be left with two files: "daorigins.exe" AND "4gb_patch.exe".
2. Move the "daorigins.exe" file into: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Dragon Age Ultimate Edition\bin_ship\
3. Run the "4gb_patch.exe" file and browse for the "daorigins.exe" file you just moved.
4. Once located, select it, and then you're all done!!
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-3xA'Lu©κy  [author] Apr 14 @ 9:29pm 
iCeBreeZe Apr 14 @ 11:34am 
Thanks a lot. Fixed crashing at ostagar.
peake1jp Feb 2 @ 4:50pm 
Tip for people having trouble finding the folder to put the files into, the documentation tab on the pre-patched launcher will bring you to a different subfolder of \Dragon Age Ultimate Edition\
-3xA'Lu©κy  [author] Jan 27 @ 3:37pm 
@ZDuke17 - thank you for the kind words. Knowing that it has helped so many is great to hear, and that's something I always aim to achieve with my presence on game's hubs/forums.

When I first made this guide I didn't think it would particularly useful, but years later I see that it's solved many issues users have experienced... even if this fix was only intended to address crashing/low fps.

So thanks again for your post, and feel free to share this guide wherever you feel it'll help. Have a good day!
ZDuke17 Jan 26 @ 7:28pm 
Hi -3xA'Lu©κy - Epic, go home, this is ZDuke17, and I wanted to thank you for the creation of this guide. Many times I link your guide in discussions I take part in to solve a variety of issues people have had. Your guide has helped many to be able to enjoy a stable experience in-game. You are truly among the invaluable appreciated members of the Dragon Age community! Keep up the good work, lending a helping hand, and know that your work has made significant difference to many.
-3xA'Lu©κy  [author] Jan 25 @ 6:09pm 
You're very welcome. Have a good one.
Titchy Gren Jan 25 @ 3:31pm 
thanks, it worked for me, couldnt load my savefile after entering denerim but you saved my 30h savefile
-3xA'Lu©κy  [author] Jan 23 @ 11:31pm 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/f20a06alvt0ymeu/LAA%20DA-O%201.05%20.exe.zip?dl=1 - this file is pre-patched, it doesn't need the 4gb (laa) tool.

http://www.ntcore.com/4gb_patch.php - this is the link to the 4gb (laa) tool. You use this on the non-Steam 1.05 daorigins.exe file if you don't trust my pre-patched .exe (link for the .exe follows): https://www.dropbox.com/s/bv2m5nbxfz6pr6y/Clean%20DA-O%201.05%20.exe.zip?dl=1
Koda the Wolf/Fox Jan 23 @ 6:27pm 
sorry but your 4gb_patch.exe isn't in the zip file anywhere only thing there is the new dragonageorigins .exe
-3xA'Lu©κy  [author] Jan 15 @ 1:25pm 
Not a problem guys. Have fun.