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Hi all, an issue just came up now with my DAO Ultimate game in that it is freezing & I cannot progress any further.  I've reached the point where Caladrius surrenders & then suddenly things start jerking, then freezing.  The audio plays for a little bit & I can still move the cursor, then everything is frozen and my only option is to shut down my PC manually.  This happened before during the fight with Witherfang, but I was able to get through it (after much reloading), and then the same thing happened during the conversation outside Anora's chamber door during the Rescue the Queen quest.  That time I restarted the game by accessing it through the console & that solved it, but now with the fight with Caladrius, nothing I do works.  And yes, I still am playing the physical disk (didn't want to give up some save files just yet :tongue: ).   There is one other thing: I've begun making items using the Fextralife article's method (I've gotten 3 into the game so far; I still need to get better at script writing) & when I exported them into the game, I saw that a TON of other files (things like items, abilities) exported along with them.  This doesn't make sense, as I cleared all the files out of the toolsetexport before I ever tried putting anything into the game, since I was told about how they needed to be deleted as they could damage the game (thanks for that Sky! :thumbsup:), so I'm not sure if that means anything.  It's time to get the downloadable version once & for all isn't it? :smile:   Anyway, thanks in advance & have a great weekend!

 

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Depending on what is exported from the toolset (or even just viewed, sometimes) the toolset can dump out all kinds of unwanted, unneeded, game-breaking garbage files, in both /toolsetexport and the main /override. It's usually loose files in the root of those folders, though I've also had to delete actual folders of files that were created by the export process on several occasions.

 

BTW, you can switch to a downloadable version of the game without losing your progress... just backup the [user]\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Characters folder (and [user]\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Screenshots, if that's important to you) to a safe place, before uninstalling the disc version. Then copy the folders back  to the same locations, after installing the downloadable version. (There may even be an option to keep saves and settings in the uninstall dialogue, but don't quote me on that.)



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Hey Sky!  Thanks for the info, especially how to go to the download w/o losing my saves! :smile: .  I actually have been looking through the Toolset at the different categories (i.e., character events, scripts, etc.), although I didn't check anything out of course.  Any idea of what i should look for in /toolsetexport & the main /override to clean house? 

 

Thanks!

 

FIREFLY11

 

UPDATE: I looked in toolsetexport & found a bunch of files that I saw get exported when I made some custom items that shouldn't have been there.  I've deleted them all, but I still have the same problem when.  I searched my other folders (including override), but haven't found anything suspicious.  Any thoughts?

 

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Edited by FIREFLY11, 11 August 2019 - 05:50 PM.


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Usually it's loose files in the root of toolset export. For example, this is the junk in toolset export that is generated by exporting a script for awarding an item at a plot milestone:

 

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I've had similar loose files show up in override, though I can't recall what I was working on or viewing in that instance. :confused:

 

Folders in override that begin with the prefix 'ts_' that you did not install there should be considered suspect, since the toolset will create such folders in certain circumstances, i.e., just opening a cutscene or dialogue animation in the toolset will generate a folder named something like 'ts_cut_blentree' or 'ts_dlgprev_blentree' with junk files.



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Thanks Sky; I went back & found a "ts_cut_blentree" that I missed in override & deleted it.  When I tried a cutscene from a different load (Landsmeet this time) things got slightly better, then froze again.  I've cleaned out my toolsetexport folder & scoured my override folder, but don't see anything else like what is in the list you posted.  Is it possible that my game files have been corrupted?  Also I noticed that whenever I tried to import an item I made w/ the Toolset using the Fextralife article's method, I would get all those extra files exporting every time, even if the compile succeeded.  This didn't happen when I added item via the console.  Do you think I might have to reinstall the Toolset, delete everything & start from scratch?  I want to get the download version of the game anyway, so even though it would be inconvenient, I'll do it if means a return to normalcy.  Thanks for your help again.  You are to Nexus what a Keeper is to a Dalish clan!  :smile:

 

Best always,

 

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OK, I did some more searching & managed to find some more files that didn't belong & deleted them.  That got me through the fight with Caladrius (barely!) & I was able to progress to the point in the Landsmeet up until the fight with Loghain when everything froze again.  I've looked through all my folders & deleted anything except things I know for certain are mods I downloaded or created myself.  In the EA "Help" files, it said that freezing could be dealt with by uninstalling and then reinstalling the game.  Would it be worthwhile to try this?  Thanks!

 

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FIREFLY11



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There is also away to get the game to stop from freezing. You open  the origin Icon on your desktop. Application settings and turn off the "show origin after gameplay." 

It worked with flying colors.



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Or you can just not use Origin to launch the game.



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I use the shortcut on my desktop actually. Ever since someone suggested to turn it off,  It was like a miracle. I used to do one thing in the city and run out to save it in camp  and go back to the city again. I'm just amazed how much difference it made.   Denerim and the deep roads were the worst places to be. I'm curious to see the list of mods you have on that list though.  I'll look into it. 






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