In most of the cases, Fallout: New Vegas mouse not working in menus is the result of glitches and you must restart your computer. Aside from that, you should make sure that you have the latest version of DirectX. Depending on how the situation plays out, you could run the game in Compatibility Mode, update the mouse driver and pick up a mouse replacement. Continue reading to restore the mouse function in Fallout: New Vegas.
Despite its popularity, Fallout: New Vegas is known for glitching out all of a sudden which messes up many features including mouse. You notice Fallout: New Vegas mouse not working in menus? Then it’s a good idea to add glitch to your list of suspects.
Quite a few factors affect the performance of Fallout: New Vegas and DirectX is one of them. If your version of DirectX is up-to-date, Fallout: New Vegas should run smoothly. On the other hand, if you own an obsolete version of DirectX, there is a good chance that Fallout: New Vegas would run into problems.
Generally speaking, Fallout: New Vegas is an old game so sometimes, it won’t work as expected on the latest Windows OS due to compatibility issues. If you have a hard time using the mouse in menus of the game, you may want to give compatibility some thought.
If your mouse driver is outdated, it’s only natural that the mouse would act up every now and then. Fortunately, if the driver is responsible for Fallout: New Vegas mouse not working in menus, it takes little work to bring mouse function back to normal.
In the case that there is nothing out of the ordinary on your computer, you should check out the mouse. Needless to say, if the mouse is damaged, there is no way for it to work in a consistent manner.
Solution 1: Restart PC
“When in doubt, restart” is one of the rules of thumb for troubleshooting issues on games and Fallout: New Vegas is not an exception. Hence, once it comes to Fallout: New Vegas mouse not working, the first thing to do is to restart.
Solution 2: Update DirectX
In case you don’t know, there is no separate update for DirectX on today’s Windows OS. To update DirectX, all you have to do is to update Windows.
- Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, choose Update & Security and select Check for updates.
- Step 2: If an update is available, allow Windows to download and install it.
- Step 3: The moment the update completes, restart your computer.
- Step 4: As the screen comes back on, launch Fallout: New Vegas and see how things turn out.
Solution 3: Run In Compatibility Mode
- Step 1: Locate the Fallout New: Vegas shortcut, right-click it and pick Properties.
- Step 2: Navigate to the Compatibility tab, check the checkbox next to Run this program in compatibility mode for and set the OS to Windows 8 via the drop-down menu. For good measure, check the Run this program as an administrator checkbox as well.
- Step 3: Select Apply then OK.
- Step 4: Restart your computer, launch Fallout New: Vegas and determine whether the issue persists.
Solution 4: Update Mouse Driver
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc then press Enter to open Device Manager.
- Step 2: Expand the Mice and other pointing devices, right-click your mouse and pick Update driver.
- Step 3: Hit Search automatically for drivers then allow the process to go all the way.
- Step 4: Restart your computer.
Solution 5: Replace Mouse
You notice signs of damages on your mouse? In that case, you have no choice but to get a mouse replacement. Damaged mouses cannot match your needs and requirements as time passes by so you should replace them at the earliest opportunity.
Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he’d stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He’s also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own. Connect with him on Twitter.