The device itself was booting into fastboot mode because I had pin 1 and 4 connected right. It kept giving me windows errors on the driver not being able to initiate or something...
I didn't realize I cut the white pin as well (data pin). It was so small and perfect of a cut (it was also situated in a grove, so that it wasn't easy to see the cables comming apart) that I didn't know.
Once I fixed it. Fastboot and all that worked.
That WASN'T my only problem though by the way.
All the instructions online are only half right. Which absolutely sucked hard.
There was a lot of manual building of packages, drivers, certifications that I had to do. The online tutorials gave you the stuff to copy and paste into it. I always wondered why their digits were a bit different from mine. (they had same model as mine and didn't ever note anywhere in any guide that there were different vendor id's) And so after a while, I decided to write the USB driver itself following hardware id patterns the guides kinda sorta showed me. That didn't work.
And then what you said was right. I didn't perm disable driver enforcement. Again, NO F******* guide ever made mention of this..... I can't blame them though. This problem is a Windows 8 problem only, the guides were written before it. Only after I got it disabled, could I really start troubleshooting again. Each time I make an improvement, I had to redo the entire troubleshoot process again as what I did last time could work now as I changed something. This proved to be correct as I was soon able to install ADB drivers. But they didn't work...yep, had to go back and change vendor id's here and there and modify that etc and set the .android file correctly
and then the rest is another 3 hours of getting it working again, rooting it, and then installing a new Android like ROM (somewhat) onto it and getting my apps back and then spendign another hour trying for USB OTG with audio
Couldn't you have just booted it into fastboot with some combination of holding down the power and volume buttons like every other device I've dealt with?
Ah dang, I hate building schiit like that by hand. >_<
Told you so. Wait there wasn't a fastboot driver you had to install at all?
And... How did usb OTG audio work for you?