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Fax answers on phone calls.

I am setting up a HP Photosmart 7280 muti-function machine. My telephone service has a distinctive ring set-up. One number(single ring) is the phone call number. The other number(double ring) is assigned to the fax machine. I have the problem that the fax machine rings on incoming phone calls after two rings. What's the fix? I am a true amatuer with computers so please give me a simple answer. Thanks

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    VonZeppelen May 11, 2010

    Have you set up the distinctive ring setting through the 7280 menus?

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Hello There. Most household all in one units cannot operate on the ring characteristcs that you are describing.

They simply operate on the number of rings before automatic pickup to the fax machine. Therefore, you will need to just change the number of rings before the fax machine picks up. In this case however, you will not be able to use voicemail, since one or the other will will pickup.

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01102249.pdf
Page 63 and 64 (in PDF) or page 62 and 63 (hardcopy manual) explain the process.

Ignore the information about setting higher then voicemail. That information is typically only valid if you have the old voicemail devices in your home. Most people now adays get a voicemail service added to your telephone service, in which case you cannot control the voicemail as easily.

So again, in other words you will be sacrificing your voicemail for your fax machine. Only other way around it is to get a dedicated fax line to seperate the two numbers.

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