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We cannot receive incoming faxes without first picking up the phone and then hitting the start button - how do we get the fax machine to work automatically.

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Should be in the operators manual. You need to change the setting, through the control panel, to "autoanswer". You can print out the current settings by pressing the "menu" button, scrolling to "user settings" and print from there. You can also select the number of rings before the machine picks up, and the volume of the ringer.
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