December 24th, 2003, 03:41 PM
Can't get Idle started on XP
I'm new to python and fairly new to programming so be gentle. I just installed 2.3.3 on my XP machine and tried opening Idle and get nothing but an hourglass for a second next to my cursor. Is this a common problem? I've uninstalled and reinstalled and still get nothing. I know you can use other means, but the books I'm learning python from use Idle so I would like to be able to follow along smoothly. Any help is appreciated and I apologize if you've heard this before. Thanks.
December 25th, 2003, 08:25 AM
Mmm, all i can think of is that you didnt install Tk/Idle when you installed Python... these options should already be selected when you first run the exe.
So I'd first try reinstalling Python again just to make sure all the options are selected!
Let me know how it goes,
December 25th, 2003, 01:05 PM
Thanks Mark for your help. I did a reinstall and made sure installation of Tk/Idle was checked like you said. Still nothing. Who knows what's wrong? Anyway, I downloaded PythonWin and it works fine for me. Thanks again for your help.
December 25th, 2003, 05:24 PM
check if the shortcut link is wrong. I remember mine was wrong.
December 25th, 2003, 06:23 PM
Hmmm, a friend of mine had this problem once. If you have firewall software installed (such as ZoneAlarm), try disabling it before starting Idle. No garuantees tho.
December 25th, 2003, 11:31 PM
Did you have a version prior to 2.3.3 installed? I did a dual install once, but for some reason the tkinter didn't install seperately (dll's maybe), and idle wouldn't work. Uninstalling one of the versions and reinstalling the version i kept worked. What happens when you run IDLE from the command line (DOS prompt)? Do you get any kind of error messages from it
December 26th, 2003, 08:10 AM
Assuming you've installed Python in the default directory "C:\Python23" you can open Idle directly by running "C:\Python23\Lib\idlelib\idle.py" instead of "idle.pyw".
Aswell as solving the shortcut problem (if it works you know its the shortcut) you should see a console window that you can use to check for errors i.e. an ImportError
December 27th, 2003, 12:40 PM
Another solusion, if you right click .py files you should see an 'Edit with Idle' option.
December 27th, 2003, 01:13 PM
Ok. Thanks to everybody. I don't know how, but I installed the win32all or whatever it's called from starship and that let Idle start. Again, who knows? Thanks for all your help.