Dragon Age Inquisition Crashes on Launch: Try these 13 Fixes

Upon its release in November 2014, Dragon Age Inquisition has been a major success and greatly adored by the gaming community. But, like any other video game, it too faces some technical downs. Although it plays just fine on a majority of platforms, most gamers playing it in windows 10 complain that Dragon Age inquisition crashes on launch or it crashes to desktop without error. Some users report that it only crashes when they get to a specific game region.

However, as frustrating as it may seem, there’s always a way to cater to these technicalities. And thus, here are 13 ways to not get Dragon Age Inquisition crash and enjoy the magical epic fantasy it has to offer.

If the system requirements are met and still Dragon Age Inquisition crashes on launch, then the most workable solution is to disable third-party anti-virus. Anti-virus programs such as AVG and AVAST might cause problems, so by disabling them or adding Dragon Age Inquisition in the exceptions list might fix it as it did for many gamers.

Before we go to the solutions here are the minimum and recommended PC requirements for the game.

Minimum PC Requirements

  • CPU: Info
  • CPU SPEED: AMD quad-core CPU @ 2.5 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • VIDEO CARD: 512 MB, AMD Radeon HD 4870, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • PIXEL SHADER: 4.0
  • VERTEX SHADER: 4.0
  • FREE DISK SPACE: 26 GB
  • DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 512 MB

Recommended PC Requirements

  • CPU: Info
  • CPU SPEED: AMD six-core CPU @ 3.2 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • VIDEO CARD: 2 GB, AMD Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
  • VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
  • FREE DISK SPACE: 26 GB
  • DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 2 GB

1. Disable Third-Party Anti-virus

For Windows Security, Select Start  – Settings > Update & Security  – Windows Security – Virus & threat protection > Manage settings. Switch Real-time protection to Off.

How to disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 10 - Dragon Age Inquisition Crashes

For AVAST, Search for the Avast icon in your computer’s system tray and right-click on it. Then click Avast shields control. Then click on the desired disabling option.

How to Turn Off Avast Antivirus Temporarily 2019 - Dragon Age Inquisition Crashes

For AVG, Search for the AVG icon in your computer’s system tray and right-click on it. Then click on Temporarily disable AVG protection. Choose the desired disabling option. Then finally click on OK to disable the antivirus program.

How to disable/turn off the antivirus - Dragon Age Inquisition Crashes

For adding to the exceptions list, each anti-virus program has its own method. So you would need to check its instruction manual to see how to do it.

If the issue is not resolved after disabling the anti-virus, then try the following methods.

Read More: Origin Won’t Open: How to Fix Error in Few Steps (2020)

2. Disable 3D Vision driver

NVIDIA 3D vision driver is reported to have been causing the crash by many gamers. Several gamers also reported that the game started crashing after they installed the driver and enabled it. So if you disabled or uninstall it, it should fix the crashing issues.

To uninstall it, Open the Run accessory’s window > Type appwiz.cpl in Run and click OK to open Windows’ uninstaller applet > select NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver on the software list > Click Uninstall and Yes to remove 3D Vision.

Nvidia Graphic Drivers uninstall - Dragon Age Inquisition Crashes

Restart your desktop or laptop after uninstalling NVIDIA 3D Vision.

3. Disable the Built-in Origins Menu

Those who bought their game from Origin must know that the EA platform has a built-in menu. This reportedly caused the game to crash for many gamers and most suggested that simply by disabling it would fix the crashing.

To disable it, open Origin’s window and login if you need to. Then click the Origin menu to select Application Settings. Next, select the Origin In-Game tab. Then turn off Enable Origin In-Game if need be. An easy yet effective method.

disable origin in game menu

4. Use Origin’s Repair Option

Origin also includes a repair option to fix the games that are not starting. Right-click DA inquisition in Origin’s My Game Library and then select the Repair option for it. The image below shows the cursor getting these options after they clicked on ‘The SIMS 4’. Notice that it shows the repair game option, that is what you need to click.

origin's repair option - Dragon Age Inquisition Crashes

5. Update/Change your Graphics setting

Sometimes, when you set the graphics setting to ultra or high and if your system’s hardware has difficulty maintaining this setting, then this could cause problems such as crashing. The best way to cater to this is to set the Graphics setting to automatic.

If set to automatic didn’t fix the crashing, then you would need to do it manually. Some reports suggested that Tesselation and VSync are often responsible for DA inquisition crashes to desktop without error. This is even more common with NVIDIA Graphics cards. However, some users have completely eliminated the crashing issue by setting Tesselation to medium and VSync to adaptive.

Also, if your graphics driver is outdated, you would need to update it.

To do so, Right-click on the Start button and select the Device Manager option or  “Windows + X” keys. Then click on the display adopter. Here you can see your graphics card name. Right-click on the graphics driver. Choose Update driver. Finally, click Search automatically for updated driver software.

6. Avoid any Hardware Overclocking settings

Many game enthusiasts overclock their RAM and processor to get that high-quality performance. However, as thrilling as it may be, it has negative effects and might be causing problems such as the game crash.

The process of overclocking your RAM is different based on your motherboard manufacturer. But these modifications are done from the BIOS settings. In the most popular BIOS settings menu, you modify your Memory frequencies by going to Advanced Chipset Features > FSB & Memory Config.

If you overclock your GPU, simply reverting it back to default settings should do. You can also slightly underclock it for better and uninterrupted gameplay.

7. Disable Conflicting Programs

Some software, such as Razer Cortex and TeamViewer is confirmed by reports to be conflicting with DA inquisition. There could also be other such programs that are conflicting with DA inquisition and could be crashing it in a launch or otherwise.

The method instructed below is for all these conflicting programs. Once you follow it properly, hopefully, all such programs would be disabled and nothing would hinder your game.

Press the Windows key + R hotkey. Then input msconfig in the Open text box, and click the OK option.

disabling conficting programs

Next, click the Selective startup radio button on the General tab if it’s not selected. Then deselect the Load startup items checkbox. After that, select the Load system services and Use original boot configuration options if they’re not selected and then select the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.

disabling conflicting programs

Click the Disable all button. Press the Apply button. Click OK to exit the Msconfig window. Finally, press the Restart button on the dialog box that opens.

8. The Lunge and Slash Ability

The fans have dubbed this as the lunge bug and for many, it has been causing the crash to desktop without error problem. The reports suggest that this crash is only occurring when the Effortless Lunge skill is enabled for the main character or any other character in your team.

Though EA has not said much about it, fans are theorizing that the crashes might be due to how the skill’s animation is processed by certain video cards.

So see if any of your characters or companions have the Effortless Lunge. If yes, respec and avoid taking it.

If you don’t want to disable the lunge and slash ability, you should not take the Effortless Lunge upgrade on either one of your characters so that you don’t have to give up the Lunge and Slash Ability.

9. Run it in Compatibility mode

One way is to run DA inquisition in compatibility mode if it doesn’t launch. This has reportedly fixed the crash issues for many users and so might work for you too.

To do so, open the game file location on your PC. Right-click on your game icon and select properties. Next, go to the Compatibility tab and tick the checkbox to run the game in compatibility mode. Click on okay to save changes and run the game.

getting compatibility mode

10. Try Running it in Windowed mode

This method is very short and effective and could have magical results. It could instantly fix your game crash to desktop without error problem as reported by some users. They reported that the crashing errors were instantly fixed once they ran the game in windowed mode.

All you need to do is press ALT+ENTER, and the game will be displayed in windowed mode.

You might find an issue while entering to windows mode so all you need to do is to keep pressing the command until it opens.

11. Changing Launch Settings

The game requires some administrative privileges to launch properly. Hence, some users who had not granted the game access to these had crash without an error or crash upon launch issue. Also, the game might not be compatible with some versions of Windows.

To check for this, press Windows + E to launch File Explorer. Navigate to the game’s installation folder. Then right-click on the main DAI executable and select Properties. Next, click on the Compatibility tab and check the Run as Administrator and run this program in Compatibility Mode for button and then select a different version of Windows from the drop-down. Finally, save your settings and exit out of this window.

This should definitely fix the Dragon Age inquisition crashes on launch problems and hopefully other crash errors as well.

12. Taking Some Other Hero than Blackwall

As weird as this may sound, switching Blackwall has reportedly fixed the crash to desktop without error issue for many users. The reports said that apparently, the game was crashing when they had a reached a cave and fighting spiders with Blackwall in their team. So, if you are facing frequent crashes, it’s best to switch Blackwall, for example, like with Dorian, which most users say worked fine and the game did no longer crash.

Also, if you have Trials Enabled, disable them and also get rid of CE before traveling because that has reportedly fixed the issue for some users.

13. Uninstall and Reinstall DA inquisition

There is always a possibility that the game crashes because you have downloaded a corrupt version of it. So uninstalling and reinstalling might fix it. However, this should be the last resort in case none of the above-mentioned methods fixed the Dragon Age inquisition crashes on launch or crashes to desktop without error issues. Hopefully, you must have found the solution that worked for you and there won’t be any need for uninstalling and reinstalling the game.

But nonetheless, to uninstall the game, launch the Origin client and log in to your EA Account. Then select the My Games tab. Next, right-click the game tile you wish to uninstall and select Uninstall from the pull-down menu. Follow the on-screen instructions.

To reinstall the game, launch the Origin client and log in to your EA Account. Then go to My Game Library and download it again. Follow the instructions for your game to install.

Final thoughts

It’s quite understandable how frustrated one might feel when the game crashes on launch or crashes at peak moments. Also, knowing the fantasies and adventures this game has to offer, and then not being able to play it is just a great excitement kill.

Thus, we have enlisted solutions in our list that have worked for the majority of users. We have also tried to give solutions for the most common issues as well as the ones that are rare and unlikely, to cover all sorts of gamers. So, therefore, hope you guys would have found a solution that worked for you.

But if you are still facing errors then it’s best you get a PC repair tool to check for internal PC errors. These internal errors too could hinder your game launch, causing Dragon Age inquisition crashes on launch error, or could cause any sort of error a gamer might face. So getting a PC repair tool and running it would most likely fix these issues and you could go on to play DA inquisition. Let us know in the comments below if any of these worked for you.

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