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Was the fax plugged into another telephone line? Maybe a power surge?
My solution would be to reconfigure the fax from scratch to learn the ring pattern.
From the Manual:
Step 1-Teach the HP Fax the ring pattern
The HP Fax will learn the ring pattern when you call it from another telephone or fax machine.
1. Be ready to call the fax machine. 2. Press Menu repeatedly until BASIC FAX displays and press OK. 3. Use LEFT ARROW - RIGHT ARROW BUTTONS to scroll through the options until DRPD Mode displays and press OK. Call this fax from another fax machine... Waiting Ring... will display. 4. Call the HP Fax.
DRPD OK will display when the pattern has been learned and the HP Fax will return to Ready mode.
Step 2-Set up distinctive ring (DRPD) answer mode
Once you have activated distinctive ring, it becomes one of the answering modes you can select by pressing the Mode/Contrast button.
Press Mode/Contrast repeatedly until DRPD Mode appears in the display.
• In Ready mode, DRPD appears in the right hand corner of the display. • Now, the HP Fax will manage calls and faxes as if it were set to AUTO mode (AUTO mode on page 28)
TIP: Distinctive ring must be set up again if you reassign your fax number or connect the machine to another telephone line. Once set up again (that is, the fax machine has learned the ring pattern and the answering mode is correctly set), you should test the fax machine by calling the fax number and another number on the same line. The machine should respond appropriately to a call placed to the fax number with fax tones, and to a normal telephone call with the expected ring pattern.
You can receive faxes automatically or manually. If you turn off the Auto Answer option, you must receive faxes manually. If you turn on the Auto Answer option (the default setting), the device automatically answers incoming calls and receives faxes after the number of rings that are specified by the Rings to Answer setting. (The default Rings to Answer setting is five rings.) If you receive a legal-size fax and the device is not currently set to use legal-size paper, the device reduces the fax so that it fits on the paper that is loaded. If you have disabled the Automatic Reduction feature, the device prints the fax on two pages. NOTE: If you are copying a document when a fax arrives, the fax is stored in the device memory until the copying finishes. This can reduce the number of fax pages stored in memory. This section contains the following topics: • Receive a fax manually • Set up backup fax reception • Reprint received faxes from memory • Poll to receive a fax • Forward faxes to another number • Set the paper size for received faxes • Set automatic reduction for incoming faxes • Block junk fax numbers • Receive faxes to your computer (Fax to PC and Fax to Mac) Receive a fax manually When you are on the phone, the person you are speaking with can send you a fax while you are still connected. This is referred to as manual faxing. Use the instructions in this section to receive a manual fax. NOTE: You can pick up the handset to talk or listen for fax tones. You can receive faxes manually from a phone that is: • Directly connected to the device (on the 2-EXT port) • On the same phone line, but not directly connected to the device NOTE: The automatic document feeder must be empty to receive a fax. If there are documents in the ADF, then the device will not be able to receive incoming faxes. To receive a fax manually 1. Make sure the device is turned on and you have paper loaded in the input tray. 2. Remove any originals from the document feeder tray. NOTE: The automatic document feeder must be empty to receive a fax. If there are documents in the document feeder, then receiving the fax will be unsuccessful. 3. Do one of the following to answer a fax manually: • Set the Rings to Answer setting to a high number to allow you to answer the incoming call before the device answers. • Turn off the Auto Answer setting so that the device does not automatically answer incoming calls. 4. If you are currently on the phone with the sender, instruct the sender to press Start on their fax machine. 5. When you hear fax tones from a sending fax machine, do the following: a. Press START FAX Black or START FAX Color on the device control panel. b. When prompted, select Fax Receive. NOTE: Depending on your country/region, the device might receive the fax automatically when you hear fax tones from the sending fax machine. 6. After the device begins to receive the fax, you can hang up the phone or remain on the line. The phone line is silent during fax transmission.
go to menu option and choose the option fax and set the parameter like auto receive or manual set the ring auto answer mode after certain ring. If it is in auto receiving mode it will receive the fax after the ring which you set.
make sure the phone wire which you insert in fax machine getting proper dial tone and getting out going calling facility.
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go to menu option and choose the option fax and set the parameter like auto receive or manual set the ring auto answer mode after certain ring. If it is in auto receiving mode it will receive the fax after the ring which you set. make sure the phone wire which you insert in fax machine getting proper dial tone and getting out going calling facility.
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>first run fax test, press set up go to tools menu then select run fax test,all entries should be pass >then check your connections, do you have one line or number for your fax and phone?or a separate line or another number for fax and another number for phone? >let me assume you only have one number for fax and phone.. >check connections, this should be downstream connection, the fax machine using the black phone cord provided by hp should be connected directly to the phone jack using line 1 at the back of the fax and the answering machine or the telephone should be connected to ext 2 or line 2 at the back of the fax...there should be no other devices phone or answering machine connected directly to the phone jack. >next set rings to answer on the fax machine higher than the answering machine...if your rings to answer on answering machine is 4 rings, set the fax to 6 rings...if it is a voice call the answering machine will pick it up at 4 rings then if it detects that it it a fax tone then it will transfer the call to fax. >also check if auto answer is on in your fax >you can check auto answer and rings to answer by pressing set up or menu button on your machine look for it in basic fax settings or advance settings >also check if your voice prompt for your answering machine is not too short there should be like at least 5 seconds after cutting your message to allow the machine to transfer the call to the fax if it is a fax tone.
Setting Auto Answer to on
1 From the desktop, double-click the Productivity Studio icon.
2 From the Welcome Screen, click Fax History and Settings.
3 From the “I Want To” menu, click Adjust speed dial list and other fax settings.
4 Click the Ringing and Answering tab.
5 From the Auto Answer drop-down list, select On.
6 Click OK to save the setting.
The Auto Answer light on the control panel comes on. When the number of rings you set is detected, the printer
automatically receives the incoming fax.
Hope this fully answers your question. Best of luck.
Depending on the model and make of your machine, there should be an option under the fax settings of the setup menu that will allow you to either increase the number of rings before auto answer (I suggest that you increase it to at least 5 rings to give you time to answer) or that whilst you are available change the answer setting to phone. This will mean that you have to answer all calls but if there is an incoming fax (you will hear the high pitched beeeping sound) before you place the phone back on the hook press the start button.
This should solve your dilema.
Function 7 4 set.
07 (Header Print)
Setting number 1 (Inside copy area) 2 (outside) 3 (none)
You can also set the header format with Parameter 08(Header Format) 1 is for your Logo and fax number. 2 is for From: to: