Need help in identifying .CFG format

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I have a need to track changes to an equipment .CFG file that store equipment calibrations, but when I open the file in notepad or others, the display is alien gibberish. How can I identify the format and convert it to a text file? Here is an example of the file as it appears in Notepad.
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Any help or advice is appreciated.

Software/Hardware used:
windows based system running proprietary Applied Materials application.

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  • TheRealRaven
    With no other info for us to go on, you'll need to contact the provider of the .CFG file. No one else will know anything about the file content including its internal character set. And if this is "proprietary", there is a significant chance that the file provider will decline to release that info to you.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Generally, .cfg file is a configuration file. .cfg files are almost formatted in text, so conversion is not needed. First take a copy of the file. Then try to rename the file with .txt extension. If that does not help, you can check if there is a file like .inf extension. However, .cfg files contain various settings/ data that define how program/hardware should work.
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  • ToddN2000
    It looks like it may custom to the application that created it. Most instances it is just a plain text file and any editor would work.  The "alien gibberish" definitely looks like it's not a standard text file and could contain almost anything that the developer decided to store in it.
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  • bhannah
    Based on what I am seeing in the example is an ASCII character set. If there was any sort of graphics embedded in the CFG file that was given as in example then file will open with the ASCII character set and appear to display gibberish when it is opened in NotePad or any other Text editor. You would need the original program to open and display it correctly I have seen this happen when the graphics becomes corrupted.
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  • ToddN2000
    You get the same gibberish if you try an open say a Word or Excel file with Notepad. Unless the file is corrupted, they need to be opened with the program / app that created them.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    One more thing you can try, make a copy of this file and now rename the copied file with extension like .txt and try to open the same.
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