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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.
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 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.
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:
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!!