[Solved] Pygame in Windows: ImportError: DLL load failed

I just installed PyGame 1.9.1 (onto an existing python 2.6.4). Python and it standard libraries work, however, there is a problem with python even being able to find the pygame modules (correctly).

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:foobarfirstGame.py", line 2, in <module>
    import pygame
  File "C:python264libsite-packagespygame__init__.py", line 95, in <module>
    from pygame.base import *
ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found.

Why is is this happening? Googling yielded the following responses, which I have tried to no avail:

Anyone out there fixed problems in win + pygame?


EDIT: more information added as requested:
– Windows version: Windows Vista (updated regularly)
– Installer used: Windows MSI installers
– Installed for: All users
– Number of files in C:python264libsite-packagespygame:

  • DLL : 14
  • PYD : 34
  • PY : 19
  • PYC : 1
Enquirer: bguiz


Solution #1:

Are you sure you have got pygame for Python 2.6? The version for 2.5 wont work and produce this error msg, because the pyd file wont find the python 2.5 dll.

Respondent: bguiz

Solution #2:

I have faced this error on a Windows 64 bit. I have uninstalled my python 3.4.1 and I have installed: python-3.4.1.amd64.msi then pygame-1.9.2a0.win-amd64-py3.4.exe from link mentioned above. And it worked.

Respondent: tillsten

Solution #3:

If you are running a 64 bit version of windows, with a 64 bit python, the default installers on the Pygame site don’t seem to work.

The pygame website led me there: There are some pre release binaries for 64bit windows, and for python 2.7 at http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#pygame

Respondent: Mihai

Solution #4:

This actually happened to my installation as well. I have Python 2.6.6 installed, but the installation did not include Pygame. I downloaded Pygame 1.9.1 with Python 2.6, and identified where the directory was located, the installation seemed to work. However, from the IDLE, I entered import pygame, and received the very error originally posted.

Respondent: Derek

Solution #5:

To check exactly which DLL’s are missing use the CMD like python console. It will show a pop-up message indicating the missing DLL. Pygame works for me.

Respondent: codezealot

Solution #6:

I had the exact same error however i ran a small program i found the used pygame without the IDLE(by saving the code and then just double clicking on the .py file) and it worked 100% fine.

Respondent: whatnick

Solution #7:

I had this error and after much digging discovered that the version of python interpreter MUST match the version of pygame installed.

If you have an erroneous combination, your best bet is to uninstall what you have via Start -> Control Panel -> Uninstall Programs.

A combination that works (Install in this order) –

Python 3.2.5 – Msi download this file for Windows Vista 32-bit-

www.python.org/download/releases/3.2.5/ – Windows x86 MSI Installer (3.2.5) <- This link, about halfway down the page

Pygame – pygame.org/download.shtml –

pygame-1.9.2a0.win32-py3.2.msi <- This download link, bottom of the top list on the page.

Now you should be able to open IDLE (The default development environment) by finding the python folder from your start menu. Once it’s open, type ‘import pygame’. Hopefully, you’ll get no errors and pygame was imported properly. I wish you luck with your programming endeavours.

If you’re dissatified with the IDLE environment and want to use another, I personally use the LiClipse IDE. I have no rep, but a google search should turn that one out 😉

Respondent: TheJett

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