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What is a .cgi extension and why can't I listen to my internet show? Also, what is happening to my downloads?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11203 points ) February 26th, 2010

I have listened forever to an internet radio show that is pretty sophisticated (not a fly by night) and has all the bells and whistles. I’ve never had any problem listening to it…as it has both Windows Media and Real Audio as options to listen.

Today, I have attempted many times to open up the show…and it says, “this has an extension (.cgi) that does not match the file format.”

As I’ve said zillions of times, I’m not that familiar with tech-speak and don’t know where the problem lies or how to fix it. Can someone tell me what I need to do to listen to my shows again?

Now for the download problem (which may or may not be connected):

I attempted to download Windows Media Player (again to fix the above problem) and also Real Audio (because my computer crashed about two weeks ago and that was gone). What happens is that when I click “download” it only gives me the “Save Option” and so I click “Save.” Then I go into the files to open it to run it….and when I open the file it once again only says “Binary File——Save” as an option and no “Run”...no option to “Run”.....

What am I doing wrong here?

Hope someone can help.

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Fred931's avatar

I’m not one to understand much computer jargon, either, but apparently these .cgi files are for the servers that run websites and not for audiovisual players. Can I see the webpage with the file?

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Hmmm….there is no webpage with the file.

Here is what happens:

I go to the website of my show….I open the show (on their archives) that I want to listen to (as I always do). They give you two options: Click for “Windows Media Player” and “Click to listen on Real Audio”.

When I click “Windows Media Player” in a small square grey box that pops up it states:
“This has an extension (.cgi) that does not match the file format.”

Is this something I need to address? Or is it the problem of the web radio site?
Any ideas?

bhec10's avatar

Edited by me
Never mind, just re-read your question and my answer didn’t make any sense

gorillapaws's avatar

Contact the site’s webmaster and tell them they have a broken link.

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