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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Crysta_La_Fay Sep 23 @ 3:37am 
Hi, sunseekers_. that worked on the first run to denerim for me but i found later in the game it couldn't load any save file from denerim market, i worked around it using arl emon's estate, i would do a mission then go into the estate then save then go out again to collect/ complete, doing that also prevented it from crashing completely, i found i had to do the same when buying or selling items aswell, if i turned in the scroll to the chantry for example then tried to leave denerim completely it would crash but wouldn't if i went arl emons's estate there was no problem. also as long as i went from the arl's strait to the alienage it was ok but if i interacted with anything or anyone the went to the alienage then it would crash when i tried to leave the market lol
sunseekers_ Sep 23 @ 3:14am 
BTW Crysta La Fay I am having exactly the same problems in Denerim. I find lots of quick-saves help, esepcially before you open a door, so if there is a crash you can go ack to your last point.
sunseekers_ Sep 23 @ 3:13am 
I'm confused, now. I try to move this to my DA Origins main file in steam, thus...

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dragon Age Ultimate Edition\bin_ship

But there is already another exec programme there, the original. I don't want to override that! Am I missing something, another file I need to download?
random Sep 19 @ 3:52pm 
this hasn't worked for me
Drago_28 Sep 15 @ 8:57am 
Thank you so much for this i been using this for long time and everything works great!
Crysta_La_Fay Sep 15 @ 3:42am 
it has not fixed the issue form me, ive tried every solution people have posted, i have random crashes but denerim is the worst, the save file dosnt even have a picture when i save in denerim and the npc's cloths change or are black and often the senary mainly floors and walls are black. trying to get into buildings crashes it and if im lucky to get in then getting out crashes it, mainly the scollers house the magic shop and the tavern in denerim market, other random times are when charicters level up. the only thing that slightly worked was changing the affinity.
atm4521 Sep 12 @ 4:20pm 
I've downloaded the pre-patched .exe and the game ran better, however it would crash after a few hours of playing, as opposed to 10 minutes. It also crashed when in dialogue, as was the case previously. Any other tips?
Tnx man:claptrap:
stalecornchip Aug 6 @ 1:11pm 
Lo and behold, my game has not crashed even after a few hours of gameplay. Thank you for the post.
mistabrad Aug 4 @ 7:51pm 
An early THANK YOU for this. I used the pre-patched .exe and it so far has worked like a charm. I was so sick of the Denerim issues...especially tonight when I couldn't even load my recent save. I hope it holds up, but so far this is a lifesaver!