python2.4.2 + win95, import socket dll error

John Pote johnpote at
Thu Mar 16 02:09:24 CET 2006

Hi all,
Can someone throw some light on this problem? (is trying to run Python 2.4.2 
on an old win95 box a reasonable thing to do?)

I keep my old win95 box for an old eprom programmer that won't plug into a 
new box (needs an ISA socket!). Also use it for network testing. No problem 
with Py 2.3 but wanting to use the latest Twisted I upgraded to 2.4.2.

Installing Mark Hammond's pywin32-207.win32-py2.4.exe (or prev version -205) 
I get the following error message during the post install script bit of the 

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 365, in ?
  File "<string>", line 155, in install
  File "<string>", line 94, in LoadSystemModule
ImportError: DLL load failed: A device attached to the system is not 
*** run_installscript: internal error 0xFFFFFFFF ***

When I try to run a script using the socket library (also trying to start 
Stani's Python Editor) I get the following message:-

  File "C:\APPS\PYTHON\242\lib\", line 132, in ?
    import socket
  File "C:\APPS\PYTHON\242\lib\", line 45, in ?
    import _socket
ImportError: DLL load failed: One of the library files needed to run this 
ation cannot be found.

Is it the same dll in both cases, any idea what it might be and where could 
I find a copy?

Many thanks,

John Pote 

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