The classic Dragon Age: Origins has been out for more than a decade, so it’s not a surprise that it shows multiple issues on the latest Windows 10. If DAO keeps crashing on your PC, don’t worry. We’ve put together some working fixes down below to get your game works again.

Try these fixes

You might not need to try them all. Simply work your way down until you find the one that does the trick.

  1. Install all Windows updates
  2. Lower in-game video settings
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Set the affinity of DAOrigins.exe
  5. Run Dragon Age: Origins on DirectX 9

Fix 1: Install all Windows updates

First you need to make sure your system is up to date. The latest system updates usually tackle compatibility issues, so it might be a fix to your DAO crashing problem.

Here’s how to check for system updates manually:

  1. On your keyboard, press Win+I (the Windows logo key and the i key) to open the Windows Settings app. Click Update & Security.
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  2. Click Check for updates. Windows will then download and install the available patches. It might take some time (up to 30 mins).
To confirm you’ve installed all the system updates, repeat these steps until it prompts “You’re up to date” when you click Check for updates.

After updating your system, restart your PC and check if Dragon Age: Origins crashes again.

If this fix doesn’t help you, take a look at the next one below.

Fix 2: Lower in-game video settings

Dragon Age: Origins is an old game, so it’s likely to have glitches on new systems. According to some gamers, lowering the in-game video settings seems can stop the crash. You can try this and see if there’s any improvement.

  1. Launch Dragon Age: Origins and open Options.
  2. Navigate to the Video tab. Under the Detail section. set Graphics Detail, Anti-Aliasing and Texture Detail to the lowest value. You can also disable Frame-buffer effects.
  3. Continue your game to see if it crashes again.

If this method doesn’t give you luck, you can take a look at the next one.

Fix 3: Update your graphics driver

One of the most common causes of game crashes is a faulty or outdated graphics driver. If you don’t remember when was the last time you updated your graphics driver, definitely do it now as it could save you lots of trouble.

There’re mainly 2 ways you can update your graphics driver: manually or automatically.

Option 1: Update your graphics driver manually

If you’re a tech-savvy gamer, you can spend some time updating your GPU driver manually.

To do so, first visit the website of your GPU manufacturer:

Then search for your GPU model. Note that you should only download the latest driver installer that’s compatible with your operating system. Once downloaded, open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to update.

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your video drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact graphics card, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.(This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Once you’ve installed the latest GPU driver, reboot your PC and check if DAO crashes again.

If updating the graphics driver doesn’t stop the crash, you can try the next solution.

Fix 4: Set the affinity of DAOrigins.exe

Setting the affinity of DAOrigins.exe means running DAO on a single core. Some reported that in this case DAO seems to be running flawlessly. And the method makes sense for a 10-year-old game.

Here’s how you can try:

  1. First launch Dragon Age: Origins.
  2. On your keyboard, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time to open Task Manager.
  3. Navigate to the Details tab. Right-click DAOrigins.exe and select Set affinity.
  4. Make sure only one CPU is selected. Then click OK.
  5. Restart you game and test the gameplay.

If this trick doesn’t help, you can check out the next one below.

Fix 5: Run Dragon Age: Origins on DirectX 9

Some players suggested a workaround on Windows 10 to run DAO on DirectX 9. You can try the same to set the launch option in your game launcher.

For example, here’s how to set the launch option on Steam.

  1. In your Steam LIBRARY, right click Dragon Age: Origins and select Properties.
  2. In the pop-up window, under the LAUNCH OPTIONS section, click the input box and type or paste -dx9.
  3. Launch Dragon Age: Origins and check if it crashes again.

So these are the fixes for your Dragon Age: Origins crashing issue on Windows 10. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to jot them down in the comments below.

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