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I just happened to uninstall every single hardware driver.

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    I just happened to uninstall every single hardware driver.


    Today I had decided to uninstall my current AMD Catalyst driver, which was the 14.4 Release Candidate driver, and I looked up a guide on how to do it. I found a result for using the AMD Uninstall Utility to remove the graphics driver, and although that seemed to have worked fine, it also uninstalled every single driver I had, most importantly all USB drivers. Guess what that means? I can't use my mouse or keyboard (or any USB device for that matter)! So, for the last 3 hours or so, I've been switching USB ports, I've been rebooting my PC, trying to access HP's stock Recovery or BIOS, but mashing F8, F10, Escape, Delete or any other possible key on startup didn't help at all. So, now I'm stuck here writing about this because a few Google searches or asking a few friends didn't work (in fact one friend even referred me to this forum). Also, I typed this all from my tablet which has a detachable keyboard, in case you thought "how the hell is he doing this without a keyboard?".

    Incase you wanted to know anything spec wise, you could check here:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pavilion-desktop-amd-a8-series-8gb-memory-2tb-hard-drive/3199341.p?id=1219088675337&skuId=3199341&st=categoryid$pcmcat212600050008&cp=1&lp=2

    I haven't modified the hardware at all, so this should be good enough (sorry I can't recall specs :|).

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Did you try F11(System Recovery)?

    Dumb question, I know!
    Wouldn't happen to be a touch screen?
    (now I'm grasping...)
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    lol ask anything you feel like, I don't mind.
    to answer your two questions (I know it's crossed out but I'll answer anyway):
    • Yes, I have tried F11. ;/
    • Nope, not a touch screen.
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  4. #4


    Can't easily find on that link but does computer have PS2 connectors for keyboard and mouse ? That should override USB and you'll be able to install new drivers.
    But first, turn computer on without KB and mouse and after system fully boots connect them one by one to different USB ports.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Well, no. There are no PS/2 ports.
    And, so I did what you said and turned on my PC without any USB devices plugged in, then let it boot entirely, and plugged in the keyboard and mouse, however they still don't work (if that was the goal from that), so, now what?
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  6. #6


    If you have windows disk you can try to do repair from there. If you can get into the BIOS at least. Are Kb and mouse vired ?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    I didn't have any success getting into the BIOS, but the mouse and keyboard are wireless.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by maxxxxxxxx View Post
    I didn't have any success getting into the BIOS, but the mouse and keyboard are wireless.
    That looks like the problem, you should try with wired ones. Many do not get to work until drivers kick in.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    No success with a wired mouse and keyboard.
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by maxxxxxxxx View Post
    No success with a wired mouse and keyboard.
    Can't you even access BIOS ?
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