STrange error importing win32gui

Jay O'Connor joconnor at
Thu Nov 13 17:42:55 CET 2003

On 13 Nov 2003 00:42:06 -0800, tim.golden at (Tim
Golden) wrote:

>jjl at (John J. Lee) wrote in message news:<87fzgtfm8c.fsf at>...
>> joconnor at (Jay O'Connor) writes:
>> > I'm using Python 2.3 on windows and trying to use the win32 libs.  I
>> > keep getting the following error
>> > 
>> > >>> import win32gui
>> > 
>> > Traceback (most recent call last):
>> >   File "<pyshell#6>", line 1, in -toplevel-
>> >     import win32gui
>> > ImportError: DLL load failed: A device attached to the system is not
>> > functioning.
>> > 
>> > I'm not sure what it means ot how to fix it.  Any thoughts?
>> Don't you just love those informative Windows error messages?
>> I had that error message before (can't remember the circumstances),
>> and never found out what the problem was.  Had to work around it
>> rather than fix it.
>> John
>When I've had these errors, it's usually indicated 
>that -- at some point -- one of my network drives 
>has gone down, especially but not limited to the 
>one I'm hosting my python-site-packages directory 
>on. Forcing a reconnection to the drive 
>(ie net use /del followed by net use) seems to solve it, 
>even if the drive is by now up and running again.

This is a standalone PC with only a dialup modem for connectivity.
It's an old Win95 machine.

Basically I want to do GUI progrmaming in Python on windows to expand
my offerings as a programmer. I thuoght the win32 api would be good
but I'm also considering wxPython now (I really don't like Tkinter)

FWIW - I'm an unemployed software developer who likes programming in
Python and Smalltalk if anyone needs a warm body.

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