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I have one line with three numbers attached to it... one of them is a fax. I have set up distinctive ring, but the fax machine won't pick up on it's specific ring. I have tried them all. I can manually answer the fax, but it won't automatically answer a fax call on it's own...help hp is no help

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Hello Tiffany,

As far as I'm concerned, HP does not make Fax machines that work off of distinctive ring systems. They only work off of the number of rings before automatic pickup.

My recommendation is that you set the fax number to a dedicated line.

If you need more assistance for automatic pickup, I can guide you through setup, if you can give me the model of your fax machine.

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