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It sounds as if your PC's fax/modem card is set to automatically receive faxes, so the PC answers the phone whenever it's on. To fix this, you need to set your fax modem to receive manually (or disabled if you don't use it to receive faxes). Open the Printer and Faxes (Windows XP) and double click the fax icon. If this is the first time you've opened it, you'll have to go through the fax configuration wizard, if not, you'll be presented the Fax Console. Click on Tools, Configure Fax. On the second page of the configuration wizard, you'll be presented with the select fax device. This is the page where you select to enable fax sending and receiving. Turn off the Enable Receive check box if you never want to receive faxes. Leave it on, but set to manual if you want to be able to manually receive faxes (every time your phone rings, you'll have a notification in the system tray asking if you want to receive a fax).
You have not told us which model fax you have but most machines have a receive mode selection. Your machine may be set to 'manual' receive. It will only receive if you pick up the phone and hit the start buton. The phone has to be connected to the machine. Look on your machine for the receive button. It may be marked as 'auto receive' and 'manual receive'. Select 'auto' so the machine will answer. It may be marked as 'fax mode' and 'tel mode' if so select 'fax mode''. It may also have a selection 'ans mode' you don't want this as it assumes that you have an answer phone connected to your machine and it waits until the machine answers before it detects incoming fax. Good Luck
You probably have it in the fax/tel or TAD mode. Press the butoon on the top right side of the keyboard marked "mode" until the light above it is on "fax" only. This mode (fax/tel) is for phones/faxes hooked to an answering machine. The "fax" mode puts in into the direct answer mode as a fax machine.
HP Officejet 9100 All-in-One Series - Changing the Fax Baud Rate Parameters
It is possible to lower the transmission speed of the initial handshake of the HP Officejet 9100 to a lower value that may aid in compatibility and resolve 223, 232, and 283 errors. The following steps will walk you through configuring the setting. These are temporary settings. If the unit loses power, the settings need to be reconfigured.
From the front panel:
Press and hold the * key for 3 to 5 seconds until the display screen reads Test -001+ .
Enter in 620 on the key board, and press the Check Mark and the screen will read Cfg param id:
Enter the parameter ____ on the key board and press the Check Mark.
159 - Receiving Fax baud rate
153 - Transmitting Fax baud rate
The screen will read Cfg param val: 26
Enter in the value ____ and then press the Check Mark .
0 = V.17 14400
2 = V.17 9600
6 = V.29 9600
10 = V.27 2400
Screen will read Test -001+
Press the Reset button until you get back to Ready *