I encountered a bug where my character moves slowly, as if i had exceeded the carry weight even though my maximum is not exceeded (or even close). I can still jump and fast travel, but cannot run. I am able to run for a step after jumping. Does somebody know how to solve this? I tried to reload the saved game, but this did not work.

UPDATE: I am not in hardcore mode, i do not have crippled legs and there are no effects active.

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    i assume you didn't accidentally hit caps lock and turn off always run? Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 21:54
  • @robertpateii: You sir, are awesome. That solved it. I did not recognize this because caps was inactive outside of the game. I cannot believe that i did not think of that. You might want to post this as an answer, so that i can accept it ;) Thanks for the support, everybody!
    – jwueller
    Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 22:19

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On the PC at least, Caps Lock key toggles "Always Run."

Did you accidentally hit it and turn it off?

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    ty for going out of the way to get me credit for the answer. but really, all the answers are correct for the symptom. upvotes all around. Commented Dec 6, 2010 at 0:42

Do you have a crippled leg? (on the Pip-boy check the Status screen, choosing CND)
And are you in hardcore mode?

A crippled leg will slow you down regardless of carried weight, but does not prevent fast travel like being overburdened would.

If you're not in hardcore mode you can heal limbs by sleeping in an owned, or hired, bed (that is, any bed that grants you the "well rested" bonus) or you need to apply a Stimpack to the relevant limb (or use them generally, but this has little effect on the limb), visit to an NPC doctor, use of a doctor's bag, or take some hydra.

In hardcore mode limb injuries are not fixed by resting; you must visit to an NPC doctor, use of a doctor's bag, or take some hydra.

  • Thanks for your help. I checked that and no, i do not have a crippled leg. And i am not in hardcore mode (if this makes any difference in this case).
    – jwueller
    Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 19:32
  • Hmm, well that's the obvious game-rule possibility out of the way. Are there any unexpected effects showing on the Status-EFF screen?
    – DMA57361
    Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 19:41
  • No, none. Sadly.
    – jwueller
    Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 19:44
  • Darn. In which case it sounds like you may truly be in bug territory. Has this been happening long? Do you have an older save to fall back on?
    – DMA57361
    Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 19:53
  • Yes, loading an older savegame works, but i'd like to continue my most recent one of course. If this is the only solution, i'll use it.
    – jwueller
    Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 20:16

Are you moving all the way down at "overburdened speed," or are you just somewhat slower than you used to be? Switching from light armor to medium or heavy armor will slow you down. Switching to a two-handed weapon will do the same.

Also, since you're not in Hardcore mode, this isn't the answer for you, but might still be helpful for others: if you're close to your weight limit, you may be slowed down when a strength-reducing status effect kicks in. For example, if you have weight 195/200, and your hunger level goes from none to minor, you will suddenly find your weight is 195/190 because of the STR -1 effect.

  • I am moving very, very slow and i am not wearing any heavy armory, so this is probably not the case here...
    – jwueller
    Commented Dec 5, 2010 at 20:52

Also, the type of armor you are wearing affects how fast your 'run' is. If you've got heavy non-powered armor on your 'run' speed can be dramatically reduced.

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