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: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.10

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What works

Most of the install.  It crashes at the end, probably while trying to install PhysX, but the game files are all installed by then.

Sound, in-game menus, gameplay, most of the graphics, the 1.01b update.

What does not

The installation program crashes at the end.  (The game files are installed by then, and PhysX can be installed manually.)

The configuration program doesn't show any options on several screens, and claims the wrong version of DirectX is installed.  (This doesn't hinder gameplay.)

DVD detection fails.  (This can be worked around with a no-cd crack.)

Textures are all a mess.  (Mostly fixed with a wine patch.)

Movies don't work at all.  (A wine patch can get them working fine in windowed mode, and sort-of working in fullscreen mode.)

Character portraits are black unless I run in low graphics detail mode.

Anti-aliasing.  (I can mark it enabled if I configure everything just right, but nothing looks anti-aliased.)

Periodic flashes of glitchy graphics, possibly texture-related.  (They only last a split second, but they're frequent enough to be annoying.)

Fully zoomed-out mode (tactical view) has a lot of graphics glitches in indoor areas.


What was not tested

Network features.
Updater service.
Dragon Age Toolset.

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

After hours of work, I am now able to play the game if I don't mind the few remaining graphical glitches. I would have given a Silver rating if I could do so without patching wine. For the record, I'm using the nVidia 180 driver from the Ubuntu repositories, and have a GeForce 8800 GTS 512 card. What I Did To Make It Work At Silver Level ------------------------------------------ Apply three patches to wine 1.1.33. (See below.) Use a fresh wine directory by setting WINEPREFIX=/my/new/directory when installing and running. Set the new wine directory's windows version to Windows 2000. This makes sure necessary runtime files (MSVC and DirectX?) get installed. Some are omitted by the installer when running in Windows XP mode. Run the installer, let it crash at the end. Download and install PhysX_9.09.0814_SystemSoftware.exe directly from nVidia: (Optional) Download and install the 1.01b update: Replace the installed bin_ship/daorigins.exe file with one that has been patched to disable the DVD check. (I found this on the net; I'm not sure what winehq's policy is on linking to no-cd cracks, so I won't link to it just now.) Create this registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D ...and this string value within that key: Multisampling=enabled Run the game and exit, to create ~/BioWare/Dragon Age/Settings/DragonAge.ini Change these settings in DragonAge.ini: [VideoOptions] FullScreen=0 GraphicsDetailLevel=3 AntialiasingLevel=0 DisableMRT=1 [AudioOptions] SoundDisabled=0 To make the game run a bit smoother, I wrote a launcher script that silences wine's debug output using this environment variable: WINEDEBUG=-all Wine Patches ------------ To fix a black texture issue during gameplay, I applied the Gothic3-Sky_workaround patch: (It does not fix the black character portraits.) To get movies somewhat working, I applied the state.c:transform_projection/glOrtho hack patch: To help with movie playback, I applied FeepingCreature's patch: (Some of these patches required manual application, either because they were meant for different versions of Wine or because they affect one another.)

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jun 14 20183.10Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Rodriguez 
ShowArch 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 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 24 20161.9.12Yes No Garbagevorpalblade 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
21564 Warning Forever / Dragon Age: Origins - ignores keyboard input after losing/regaining focus NEW View
26898 Dragon Age 1 & 2 shows black screen preview for the saved game STAGED 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
33362 Dragon Age Origins texture replaced by black NEW View
33459 Dragon Age Origins crash with Framebuffer error UNCONFIRMED View
37533 Dragon Age Origins: Crashes in some parts of the game 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 someone 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 someone 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 ?