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ASX file works in IE, fails in Firefox

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I have an ASX file:
<asx version = "3.0">
<entry>
    <ref href = "HomeChurch.wma" />
</entry>
</asx>
There is the HomeChurch.wma file in the same directory.

This works fine in IE, but fails in Firefox
What do I need to do to workaround/handle?
Thank you
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by:Marc Z
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What error do you get when you try to access that in Firefox?
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by:DataDesignIT
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Good question; sorry about that. It actually just displays the code of the ASX file. It doesn't execute the ASX file to launch the WMA file.
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No problem.

3 things to check.
1. Open Firefox. Go to Tools->Options->Content->File Types and select Manage. Filter there for .asx. Is it set to Open with Windows Media Player Plug-in?

2. In Windows go to Control Panel->Folder Options - File Types tab, confirm that .asx is also set to Windows Media Player Playlist.

3. If yes, then we have to look at the Server
you have to set the MIME type for asx files [video/x-ms-asf] on your web server.
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The one common thing I have seen since reading about this is that you may need
HREF=\"http://yoursite.net/HomeChurch.wma"
but perhaps not, you did note that it was in the same directory.

Everything that I have read about Firefox opening the code instead of the file indicates that the Web server isn't sending out the correct MIME Type information.  

We may need to confirm  these settings as well for the web server.
wma      audio/x-ms-wma
Set the proper mime type on the web server for both wax and wma file types; WMA Mime type: audio/x-ms-wma ; WAX Mime type: audio/x-ms-wax
Link to the wax file from HTML, for example: <a href=\"music.wax\" type=\"audio/x-ms-wax\">Play music</a>

See these pages for more help.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/288102
http://www.spartanicus.utvinternet.ie/streaming.htm
http://www.spacialaudio.com/knowledge/question.php?qstId=418
http://www.spartanicus.utvinternet.ie/file_extensions_and_mime_types_on_the_web.htm
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