I'm playing Garrys Mod, Multiplayer on LAN and for whatever reason, tools aren't working. I can't find any setting to turn them on, either. And, when I say "not working," I mean that their groups are showing up in the spawn menu, but there is nothing to select.

  • Do the default "tools" and weapons show up? If they do can you use them properly?
    – tgrosinger
    Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 2:53
  • @ursa_arcadius: The default weapons work. But there are no tools to select/use. Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 3:00
  • Can you use the physics gun as one of the default weapons? Also, are there any settings that would disable using any tools in multiplayer? I could see there being an option if you wanted to keep people from griefing on your server (although doing so would make little sense in LAN).
    – Sadly Not
    Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 3:38
  • @SadlyNot: Yes, the physics gun is one of the default weapons and I can use it. I don't know of any setting to turn off tools. Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 12:58
  • I would guess that the server has certain tools disabled.
    – Jason_c_o
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 19:27

1 Answer 1


You're probably missing a some Lua files, to fix this I suggest one of a few things.

  1. Use Steam to verify the install by right clicking the game and going to Properties -> Local Files -> Validate Integrity Of Game Files

    • Or if you're running a server: steamcmd.exe +login anonymous +app_update 4020 validate +quit
  2. Run the FactoryReset-GMod.bat file in the root GarrysMod folder

  3. Manually verify / download the files from the Garry's Mod Github and replace old ones. (I Advice against this as the files are development level and may not be fully tested.)

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