Fix: Keyboard and Mouse Not Working on Fallout 4

A lot of Fallout 4 users are getting a problem with their keyboard. What happens is your keyboard is not working during Fallout 4 gameplay.

This error happens randomly when you’re playing Fallout 4 and you have noticed that the keyboard and mouse sometimes cease to work completely and the issue persists until you restart the game or even longer.

Fallout 4 keyboard and mouse not working

Fallout 4 keyboard and mouse not working

Why are mouse and keyboard not working on Fallout 4?

Here are some causes for these serious errors which you unable to play the game normally

– The game is preventing players from playing with both gamepad or keyboard + mouse since it can be considered cheating. This can occur if you merely have your controller installed as a device or connected to the console.

– A certain program’s overlay is preventing the game from running normally and many players have reported that it’s usually Overwolf or Steam causing the issues. Temporary disabling them for Fallout 4.

If you’re also experiencing this issue, here is how to bypass this error.

Fallout 4 keyboard and mouse not working, how to fix it?

Method 1. Edit the Fallout4Prefs file

The most common and the best method to this issue is to edit the preferences file located in Documents in order to turn off the game controller from being used at all. To do that, follow these steps below:

Step 1. First, close Fallout 4.

Step 2. Open up File Explorer by searching for this entry in the Start menu or opening a folder and clicking My Computer or This PC from the left navigation pane.

Step 3. Next, go to Users > Your Account’s Name > Documents > My Games > Fallout 4.

Step 4. Find the Fallout4Prefs file and open it with Notepad.

Step 5. Change bGamepadEnable=1 to bGamepadEnable=0.

Edit the Fallout4Prefs file

Change bGamepadEnable=1 to bGamepadEnable=0

Step 6. Click File >> Save to save the changes and exit Notepad.

Try opening the game again in order to see if the Fallout 4 keyboard and mouse not working problem still occurs.

Besides, you can also disable the controller using in-game settings. This will really appeal more to regular players.

Notes: If you have decided to try out this solution in order to resolve the error with keyboard and mouse, we would recommend you undo the changes you have made to the .ini file if you ever start playing the game with a game controller!

Step 1. Open Steam.

Step 2. In the Steam window, go to the Library tab, and find Fallout 4 in the list of the games you own in your library. Right-click on the game and select the Play Game Non-Steam you can just double-click the game’s icon.

Step 3. From the home screen, select the Settings button to open the Settings. Then scroll down until you find the Controller entry and switch the option from ON to OFF. Save the changes you have made and check to see if the error still occurs.

fallout4 controller off

Disable the Fallout4 controller

Method 2. Disable Overwolf Overlay

This app is a favorite among PC users as it lets you add overlay apps to the game including a browser, Twitch streaming, Game capture, TeamSpeak overlay, etc. However, it can become problematic and cause the keyboard and mouse to stop working during gameplay hence we suggest you disable it for Fallout 4. To do so, follow these steps:

Step 1. Click the System Tray in order to show hidden icons or locate the Overwolf icon immediately. Right-click on it and choose the Settings option. Click on Overlay.

Step 2. Go to Library > Games and find Fallout 4 in the list of games you have installed. From the left pane, click on it once and tap the Enable overlay option to slide it to the left. This will disable overlay for SMITE in Overwolf.

Step 3. Save the changes and then check to see if the issue still occurs.

Method 3. Disable Steam Overlay

If Steam users have purchased the Fallout 4 (PC version) and activated the game in Steam, this method is useful for you.

Step 1. Open up Steam. If yoru Steam not opening or launching, read this toturial.

Step 2. After that, go to the Library tab in the Steam window, and find Just Cause 2 in the list of the games you own in your library.

Step 3. In the library, right-click the game’s entry and click the Properties option from the context menu which will occur. Go to the General tab in the Properties window and untick the box next to the “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game” entry.

Disable Steam Overlay

Step 4. Save the changes and exit.

Now you can reopen the game and then check if the keyboard and mou not working problem persists.

Method 4. Uninstall the Controller from Device Manager

If the solutions above didn’t work for you and if you are currently not using a connected game controller to play any game, there might be a bigger issue of the game being tricked into thinking you are using some of the game controllers you have installed previously. In order to resolve this issue, you simply delete it from Device Manager.

Step 1. Press Windows Key + R then put devmgmt.msc in the Run dialog box. Click OK to open Device Manager.

Step 2. Then, expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” section. This will show all installed similar devices your PC currently has. Also, the controller might be located in the Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Step 3. Right-click on each game controller you find on the list and select the Uninstall device option from the context menu.

Step 4. Finally, close Device Manager and restart your PC.

After restarting your PC, try running the game again and then check if keyboard and mouse problems still happen while playing Fallout 4.

Method 5. Check for Programs Conflicts

Your keyboard and mouse problems may be caused by interference from other applications. To check if that’s the problem for you, you need to check the programs on your PC for conflict problems.

Here are types of programs that you should especially pay attention:

  • Applications running in the background while gaming, like Game DVR.
  • Overlay programs, including Steam Overlay, GeForce Experience etc.
  • Antivirus firewalls or software.

Try turning these applications off temporarily to see if the keyboard and mouse not working problem persists during Fallout 4 gameplay.

Hope something helps you.

Fix: Keyboard and Mouse Not Working on Fallout 4
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