Dragon Age: Origins

Retail version (including minor patches). Please mention the distribution platform (DVD, Steam, etc.) and game version in your test results.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 34
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0.4

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What works

  • intro video
  • in-game video
  • new game
  • load saved game
  • in-game dialogue
  • DLC (bundled with Ultimate Edition)
  • mods
  • audio
  • windowed & fullscreen mode from in-game settings

    What does not

    Installer gave error message during install of third-party libraries, but installation appears as successful after clicking away prompt.


    Had to manually install physx (used winetricks).

    What was not tested

    Everything not mentioned.

    Hardware tested


    • GPU: AMD
    • Driver: open source

    Additional Comments

    • Screenshot thumbnails in saved games when about to load a game is often garbled. Have not verified this is a wine-only issue.
    • Only a few minutes of gameplay tried (although have completed the game several times in the past, using older wine versions).
    • Tested using Ultimate Edition, from the store.
    • 64-bit Wineprefix.

    selected in Test Results table below
    Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
    ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jun 19 20215.0.4Yes Yes YesGoldChristian Weinz 
    ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jun 14 20183.10Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Rodriguez 
    CurrentArch Linux x86_64Mar 30 20183.4Yes Yes YesGoldLinus Lind Lundgren 
    ShowAntergos x86_64Apr 23 20172.5-stagingNo, but has workaround Yes GoldCecco d'Ascoli 
    ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 24 20172.4-stagingYes Yes GoldRafael Bernar 

    Known Bugs

    Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
    13891 start.exe http://someurl/ does not work (affects any app that invokes external browser, e.g. Google Sketchup) CLOSED FIXED View
    18019 Some Bioware games' setup crashes when changing install directory CLOSED FIXED View
    20469 Dragon Age: Origins: Texture glitches (textures frequently switching from visible to black) CLOSED FIXED View
    20575 Dragon Age Origins: No sound CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    20716 Dragon Age: DLC tabs are all empty CLOSED FIXED View
    20887 Dragon Age: Origins: Fails to find the DVD CLOSED FIXED View
    20913 Multiple games crash on start CLOSED FIXED View
    21248 No sound in multiple applications, needs mmdevapi implemented CLOSED FIXED View
    21564 Warning Forever / Dragon Age: Origins - ignores keyboard input after losing/regaining focus NEW View
    22062 Dragon Age Installation Almost Completes but then it can't find a file CLOSED INVALID View
    22091 Dragon Age Awakening/Mass Effect 2 installers crash with ntdll error CLOSED FIXED View
    22191 Dragon Age Origins: crash at end of install CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    22200 Dragon Age: Origins needs msvcr80.dll.__CxxFrameHandler3 implemented CLOSED FIXED View
    22201 Dragon Age: Origins - Configuration Utility windows are blank CLOSED FIXED View
    22202 Dragon Age: Origins - gameplay is very glitchy (mostly black screen) CLOSED FIXED View
    22209 Dragon Age does not start CLOSED FIXED View
    22282 Dragon Age: Origins mouse control glitches CLOSED FIXED View
    22307 Depth of field blur effects lag behind animation in Dragon Age: Origins CLOSED FIXED View
    22308 Downloadable content is unauthorized and disabled when logged in to Dragon Age: Origins server CLOSED FIXED View
    22383 Dragon Age: Origins - massive flickering when StrictDrawOrdering is disabled CLOSED FIXED View
    22393 3dmark06 free version reports "D3DXGetImageInfoFromFileInMemory failed" when you try to run the demo CLOSED FIXED View
    22557 Dragon Age: Origins massive flickering and black screen CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    23081 Dragon Age: Origins - shadow under character flickers CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    23730 Dragon Age: Origins, black flickering in opening menu screen when mouse moves CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    24234 Huge flicker problem when playing Dragon Age fullscreen with ATI card CLOSED ABANDONED View
    24837 Dragon Age - Origins requires msvcp80.dll.?append@?$basic_string@DU?$char_traits@D@std@@V?$allocator@D@2@@std@@QAEAAV12@ABV12@@Z CLOSED FIXED View
    25862 Dragon Age: Origins - Image is garbage and menu is completely black CLOSED INVALID View
    26079 Dragon Age - Origins requires d3dx9_36 D3DXLoadMeshFromXW CLOSED FIXED View
    26435 Dragon Age: Origins has no sound... unless you edit DragonAge.ini and change SoundDisabled to 0 CLOSED FIXED View
    26459 Dragon Age: Origins DVD authenticity checks fail (IOCTL_DVD_READ_STRUCTURE fails, structures in "ntddcdvd.h" need to be byte packed with no padding) CLOSED FIXED View
    26898 Dragon Age 1 & 2 shows black screen preview for the saved game STAGED View
    28246 Dragon Age Origins fails to launch CLOSED FIXED View
    28345 dragon age:origins fails to load save game (??0?$basic_stringstream@DU?$char_traits@D@std@@V?$allocator@D@2@@std@@QAE@H@Z) CLOSED FIXED View
    29667 Dragon Age: Origins DVD authenticity checks fail (DVD_LAYER_DESCRIPTOR big endian values need to be converted host endianness before being returned to caller) CLOSED FIXED View
    29669 Dragon Age: Origins DVD authenticity checks fail (descriptor structures returned by DVD_READ_STRUCT need a descriptor header prepended) CLOSED FIXED View
    30984 Some keys do not work in different games (Trine, Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age 2, Star Trek Online, Gothic 2) STAGED View
    32607 Dragon Age Origins/Dragon Age II hang up at launch CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    33299 Dragon Age Origin randomly crash while ingame CLOSED ABANDONED View
    33362 Dragon Age Origins texture replaced by black NEW View
    33459 Dragon Age Origins crash with Framebuffer error UNCONFIRMED View
    33545 Dragon Age 1 and 2 : Problem with azerty keyboard type CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    33553 dragon age 1 and 2, League Of Legends, Heroes of Migh and Magic V : keyboard disabled when losing focus CLOSED DUPLICATE View
    37533 Dragon Age Origins: Crashes in some parts of the game UNCONFIRMED View
    50368 DragonAge Origins Launcher doesn't toggle music status UNCONFIRMED View

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    HowTo / Notes

    Workaround for keyboard bug when losing focus

    If you go on another desktop and then come back to Dragon Age window, you should notice keys on keyboard don't work anymore.

    In fact, wine thinks the keys Crtl and Alt are still hold.

    The workaround is simple : hit crtl key, then alt key with focus on Dragon Age window : the keyboard should work again

    If you are affected by this bug, please warn Wine team about it on wine bugzilla :

    Bug 33553

    HOWTO stop the flickering / black movies

    If you see black screen or flickering during the cutscenes or/and on the main screen, you will need to run winetricks strictdrawordering=enabled

    If you are affected by this bug, please report it on the wine bugzilla to help Wine team to solve it : Bug 22383

    HOWTO get DLC content working

    Downloading the DLCs manually seems currently the only way to get them working.

    You can find the downloads in the Redeemed DLC Unofficial Troubleshooting and FAQ, section 4.1.

    Afterwards you can install them using the "daupdater.exe", which requires dotnet20 (.NET  Framework2.0).you can install it using winetricks :

    winetricks dotnet20

    For 64 bits Users

    In order to install the required components for Dragon Age DLC's, you will have to create a 32 bits wineprefix and install everything there (Dragon Age Origin included).

    To create your 32 bits prefix : WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/path/to/wineprefix winecfg

    To start winetricks in that prefix : WINEPREFIX=/path/to/wineprefix winetricks

    To run Dragon Age from this prefix : WINEPREFIX=/path/to/wineprefix wine /path/to/DragonAge/daorigins.exe


    If you experiment any bug listed above, or any non listed bugs, please report it to wine bugzilla, specifying your wine version :

    This will help wine team to solve them.
    HOWTO stop the flickering black movies

    If you see black screen flickering during the cutscenes or/and on the main screen, you will need to run winetricks strictdrawordering=enabled


    The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

    Solving GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY errors
    by yushir on Saturday October 1st 2016, 5:58
    If you have crashes in some particular scenes (e.g. when trying to look at the Ash Warriors in Ostagar or at the Fire where Duncan is on the Night) and you're getting GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY errors on the console, then you may need this workaround.

    You will need this if the following helps you with these issues:
    - Set Texture Quality to "Medium" or "Low". The crashes should no longer occur.

    As a permanent fix (to be able to play with Texture Quality set to "High") just follow the instructions outlined here: Make sure to apply this flag to *daorigins.exe*. After this you should no longer get any crashes (e.g. I'm playing with everything maxed out and AAx4).
    black cutscenes
    by thom_raindog on Wednesday August 10th 2016, 13:06

    not sure if this is the "black flickering" mentioned above, but for me, a whole lot of the dialog scenes are actually just black screen, rarely is it not so.

    I set strictdrawordering to enabled, did no good. I activated CSMT and deactivated it, no dice either. This is on wine 1.9.16 staging on ubuntu 14.4 with an nvidia GTX 750 Ti
    crashes on loading screen—possible framebuffer problem?
    by nskaran on Monday March 24th 2014, 13:13
    hi! i installed the game today, and i encountered a black screen upon loading but i fixed that with winetricks strictdrawordering=enabled. now, though, i get to the loading screen with the dragon, the dragon gets halfway across the screen, and then it freezes. it's unresponsive so i have to force quit to get back to the Steam window, and the debugger is open but when i try to get details it just loads forever—so i can't offer the debugger output, sorry!

    here is the terminal output at the point when i think it starts having the problem, though:

    is this related to an acknowledged problem? does anyone have an idea of how to fix it?
    RE: crashes on loading screen: debugger output!
    by nskaran on Wednesday March 26th 2014, 23:02
    okay, it was a long shot because it hadn't worked before, but i tried selecting "play from launcher" instead of directly starting the game, and it crashed immediately but i was able to get the debugger output:

    this may or may not be the same problem i was having with the direct launch, but maybe with this info someone will be able to figure out what's going on here. the Terminal output when the crash happens is "wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x43d12f55 at address 0x43d12f55 (thread 004d), starting debugger..."

    hopefully this helps! let me know if there's some other info i should give that might make my problem clearer. does anyone have any idea what i should do?
    RE: crashes on loading screen: debugger output!
    by Aliekezhi on Monday March 31st 2014, 11:14
    Can you try with last wine version ? (currently 1.7.15)
    RE: crashes on loading screen—possible framebuffer problem?
    by Aliekezhi on Monday March 31st 2014, 11:08
    It looks like the following bugs :

    What wine version are you using ? What graphic card and driver version ?