Installing the toolset

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The Dragon Age Toolset installer comes with several pieces of third-party software that are needed for the toolset to function. They are:

These components will be installed along with the toolset by the toolset's installer.

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Location

The first screen you'll get to after starting the installer and passing the title page is the install location selector. The toolset can only install the program into a specific subdirectory of the Dragon Age game directory, so you won't be able to alter the installation path; it's for informational purposes.

Note: MSSQL Express 2005 is bundled with this toolset and is required for it to function. Unfortunately, MSSQL Express 2005's installer has a limitation that prevents it from installing to a directory path that's longer than 58 characters.[1]

However, this limitation no longer affects the installation, since version 1.01 of the toolset installer installs the SQL instance to a shorter path to avoid this issue. It now installs to Program Files\DAODB\. See installation into a directory with a long path name for details.

Components

The next screen after location has been selected is where you can choose which components to install. There are only two selectable components here; Core Resources (the toolset itself) and Microsoft SQL Server Express. To run the toolkit you'll obviously need to install the Core Resources option. SQL Server is presented as a separate option so that if you already have a database server installed on your system you can use that instead of installing a whole new one.

If you don't have an SQL server installed, or if you don't know whether you have one installed, it's safe to go with the default and install SQL Server Express. SQLServer's installer will check the existing components and, finding that all required components are already in place, won't do anything after you click "finish."

Manual database selection

If you choose not to install SQL Server Express, the installer will ask for a database server and database name to install the toolset's resource database to instead. The default server is .\BWDATOOLSET and the default database name is bw_dragonage_content.

Installation

Once you have selected these options the Dragon Age toolset will begin the installation process. This can take a while. When the install process is finished you'll be given the option to read a readme.txt file.

The toolset will create a start menu folder named "Dragon Age". The start menu folder will include a link to start the toolset, a link to the toolset's uninstaller, and a link to the toolset's external configuration utility.

The installer will write a log file in your My Documents folder. If installation fails this log file will be helpful for debugging purposes.

If you are installing over a previous version of the toolset, you may need to update the format of your old database to make it compatible with the new version of the toolset. See database migration for details.

Lightmapper

The lightmapper is the tool used to calculate lighting in level layouts. You only need to use it if you're going to be creating or modifying level layouts. The lightmapper included with the toolset requires Python to run but Python isn't currently bundled with the toolset, so if you don't already have it installed you'll need to do the following:

  1. Install Python 2.5.4
  2. Install the win32 extensions for Python 2.5
    OR
  3. Install ActiveState Python 2.5.5.7
    Note: The Community Edition of this release is no longer available! If you have not purchased a Business or Enterprise license from ActiveState you will need to use the python.org release and the pywin32 extensions (2014-04-13).

The easiest way to do this is to download and install ActiveState python which comes with the needed extensions. Just click through the defaults on the installer and you will be ready to go. If you want to use python.org installer, maker sure to install it first, then install the win32 extensions.

NVIDIA PhysX

Currently, the Toolset relies on a version of PhysX which may not be readily accessible to some users, specifically 9.09.0408. It is not included in the latest NVIDIA drivers, and it can render certain parts of the Toolset, specifically pathfinding and lightmapping, partially or totally inoperable.

If you have the game install disc, the correct PhysX installer is included on it. If not, you can download and install it from NVIDIA's web site.

Configuration

The external configuration utility ConfigureToolset.exe (found in the Dragon Age\tools directory) is used to configure the toolset's database connection and to tell the toolset where the game's executable is. You shouldn't need to run the configuration utility during routine usage of the toolset, and if the defaults set up by your installer work you may not need to run it at all.

The default database string is "Provider=SQLOLEDB.1;Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=False;Initial Catalog=bw_dragonage_content;Data Source=.\SQLEXPRESS". For advanced configuration, click on the ellipsis button (Ellipsis.png) to open the data link properties window.

Moving the database files from the default location

By default, the database data and log files are loaded into C:\Program Files\DAODB\data and are called bw_dragonage_content.mdf and bw_dragonage_content.ldf.

For Vista and Win7 installations, the Program Files path will be whatever is commonly used. If you cannot find the folder, do a search for .mdf files and you should get to the required folder.

If you have customized your database during installation, replace the bw_dragonage_content with your database name.

As you start working on your module and checking in resources, the database will grow in size. If you want to move the database files elsewhere to free up space on C:, do the steps below.

use master
go
sp_detach_db 'bw_dragonage_content'
go
use master
go 
sp_attach_db 'bw_dragonage_content','<path to the .mdf file>\bw_dragonage_content.mdf','<path to the .ldf file>\bw_dragonage_content.ldf'
go
use bw_dragonage_content
go
sp_helpfile
go

This Microsoft KB article has more details, if required.

Uninstallation

An uninstaller shortcut is available from the same start menu folder as the toolset itself. It will autodetect the location you installed the toolset in, display it to you to confirm that this is correct, and then after you click "next" it will ask which components to uninstall.

The uninstaller is generated on installation and therefore isn't signed. This may cause Vista to complain under some circumstances but shouldn't affect the uninstaller's functioning.

Troubleshooting

See installation troubleshooting for a list of common problems that can occur during installation and how to correct or work around them.

If you experience a crash, logs can be found in My Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Toolset\logs. The log filenames will include the date on which the log file was created. Sending in a log will help greatly with bug fixing.

Documentation

Documentation is currently provided via the wiki at:

http://social.bioware.com/wiki/datoolset/


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