I feel like an idiot.
I havent used IDE for a while and now the COM port is greyed out. I had realTerm also installed, it complained of a registry issue (didn't do that before) when it tried to scan for com ports. Im using Win8 and I recently replaced the power supply in it.
The USB port works, I tried the one I had a webcam streaming on.
I tried Device manager and I don't see anything pop up.. I am trying it with ESP8266s, tried two....