The game freezes for about 1-10 seconds while playing in Directx 11 mode, it happens more often during conversations, alt-tabbing in and out of the game unfreezes the game. If I run in Directx 9 mode then the game runs smooth without any freezing.
Intel i3 2100
4GB of ram
MSI HD6850 1GB
I have the 12.2 drivers installed.
I tried Bioware forums but the Dragon Age 2 section is pretty dead there.
Hopefully someone can give any insight on how to fix this.
hardware wise you shouldn't have any problems running the game unless you're asking some ridiculous settings of it. Make sure your drivers are up to date (and I mean all drivers here, not just video card)
other than that either look for possible software conflicts or try reinstalling
sorry I can't be of more help, but this is the first time I'm hearing of a game freezing and being able to unfreeze via alt-tab.
People used to have poor performance with the game a year ago but some Nvidia drivers were supposed to fix that. Nothing about ATI cards caught my eye. I mean, even the latest ATI driver had a fix for Dragon Age 2.
The freezing starts occuring about 30 minutes into the game. Maybe it's a memory leak of some sort? And this is the only game that has froze on me.
well last thing I can suggest is check your ram with memtest86, if it's not that then your should be looking for some software conflict
edit: on the second thought, forget about checking your ram, if dragon age is the only game you're having trouble with then it's the game that's at fault here. Reinstall, reupdate drivers or try earlier versions.
as far as running out of vram, if you were running out of vram before the textures patch then obviously you will run out of them even faster.