Monday, April 28, 2014

Fix it: Bricked computer after installing the AMD Catalyst 14.4 update

After installing the AMD Catalyst 14.4 update on my HP P6792uk desktop, I found the computer completely bricked.  It won't proceed further than the Windows 7 "flag" bootup animation.  I tried booting to safe mode by bashing "F8" and selecting "safe mode."  However, the computer hangs at ATiPCie64.sys.

I was at wits end.  With a SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Reasoning coming up, I did not want to do a complete rebuild a computer.  Then I figured a way of bypassing the driver from loading.  Going to the same "F8" menu, I instead selected "Repair PC." That brought up the following screen:

 
I selected "System Restore" and chose a time before the update.  After a tantalizing wait, I was greeted with the Windows 7 desktop.
 
After the successful restoration of the computer, I reinstalled the AMD Catalyst 13.12 drivers.
 
I did an uninstall through the add / remove program.  And after reboot, I scrubbed the last remaining trace using DriverFusion.  Then I reinstalled the program.