I have replaced my Arduino, thinking it would solve the problem, but I still get it. Whenever I try to upload code, I get the error messages programmer is not responding and not in sync. Then I heard Arduino had drivers required. But my Windows 8.1 didn't recognize Arduino Uno. It was put in the other devices area as an unknown device in the device manager. The update driver button is greyed out. I get the message:
The drivers for this device are not installed (code 28). There are no compatible drivers for this device. To find a driver for this device, click update driver.
That's the greyed out button… When I look at driver details, it says 'No driver files are required or have been loaded for this device.' For the not in sync/programmer not responding error, I've tried restarting the board before uploading, restarting whilst uploading, you say it, I've done it. How can I fix this so I can finally follow my dream to be an engineer/programmer?