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Remove the backup battery and unplug the fax machine and leave overnight. By morning I'am hoping it will wipe everything clean when plugged back in along with the battery. But it will mean you will have to set your date and time again.
Pick up the handset and check that you have "dial-tone" on your machine. If you dont, check and make sure you have the phone line plugged in to the "line" jack on the back of your fax machine.
If you still dont have dial tone, plug a phone into the wall outlet for your phone line and make sure it works.
Unplug the phone line from the fax machine. Wait at least 1 minute then call the phone number that goes to the fax machine from another line such as a cell phone. Make sure you get a ring and not a busy signal. If you get a ring then hang up the phone. Plug in the fax machine again and call the fax number again. If you get a busy signal then either your phone if off the hook, the switch that is actuated when the phone is placed in the cradle is bad or your modem in the fax machine itself has gone bad. Another thing to try is unplug the fax machines power cord for 30 seconds then plug it back in. I have seen the modems get "locked up" and keep the phone line open. Unplugging will sometimes reset this and get it working again.
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First thing is to ensure that you have dial tone by picking up the handset on the fax machine and listening for dial tone.If there is no handset take a standard house phone and plug it into the jack where the fax machine was inserted. If there is dial tone on the phone then I would advise you to turn the power off the fax for two minutes then power back on. If there is no dial tone on the phone line contact your vendor or local phone carrier and report NO DIAL TONE
I have a HP Officejet J6480 All-In-One and needed the answering machine and fax to be on at the same time. I called the help line at HP and they said I needed another phone line into the home but I tried this and it worked.
First I got a different phone number for the fax machine - they do this for no charge at my phone company. This is not another physical line into the home - it is just another phone number with a different ring - it rings 2 fast rings for the fax machine instead of the phones regular one ring. I set the answering machine built into the phone to pick up after 4 rings and I set the fax machine to pick up on 2 rings. Be sure to set it so the fax pick up number of rings are less than the answering machine pick up number of rings.
It worked for me. Hope this works for you too.
Check the phone line with a basic old phone plug it into the fax line do you get a good dial tone, and no noise on line. Also check the phone line call ATT and have them check the number move the fax machine to different plug. power off the wait tens second power on. check the phone line connector.
I know you said it wasn't unplugged but check the phone line is plugged into the line socket. I don't know how many times I had people who people unknown to them (children, cleaners) have knocked out the line cord and plugged it back in the wrong socket.
Hit the on-hook or hook button and check for dial tone. This will check if the line is still working.
Also the fax will have a mode button. If it has been bumped while moving it could be on manual mode (the machine will not automatically pick up)