However, when windows 8.1 booted up, I noticed the graphics were messed up (i.e. wrong resolution etc.) So, I installed the newest *Beta graphics drivers 13.11 for my graphics card which can be found here:
(I chose that one because I noticed there was no 8.1 drivers released by Sapphire for this GPU.)
During this installation, the computer completely crashed. It then tried to restart several times, and windows tried to automatically fix the problem. I tried to do that automatic start-up repair (said it would check disk which could take up to an hour) but that didn't do anything.
I then did a restore to a point prior to updating to 8.1 or installing the new graphics drivers. (time was 3AM 10/29/2013). It STILL did not load up properly even though it said it successfully restored my computer to a time when it was working perfectly fine.
I rebooted my computer and spammed F2 and F8 (wasn't sure which allowed me to view my boot options). I reset my motherboard to the default UEFI settings (I had done some OC tweaking which was very stable prior to any of this).
However, none of this fixed my issue. When I restart my computer it shows the little blue windows logo (4 blue squares) with a little loading thing under it. After a few seconds the screen goes completely blank. So, I don't know if windows is just not loading or if it is loading but my graphics card isn't working.
I can get my computer to load windows 8.1 in safe mode right now. But now when I try and install drivers it says "Failure to load detection driver". I have tried to install several different drivers. Some of your old Sapphire drivers for this card as well as some of the older drivers for the card released by Radeon. It appears there is something wrong with Catalyst Control Center. I cannot repair CCC while I am in safe mode, but I cannot access windows in a regular boot.
I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how I might fix this. Is it possible i could load windows properly if I just disable/remove my graphics card and just run my MOBO's integrated graphics card?
Any help would be immensely appreciated,
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