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It's not sending or receiving faxes, but line is working

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Hi there,

May I know what exactly the model that you have?

Initially, first check the settings of the machine if it was set to tel/fax or fax settings. Check if there was an error message appear on the unit or better to print out a copy of the fax transmission status. Fax machine will print out a copy of the transmission if it has a problem or it has a communication error on the line or in the other side whose receiving the a fax.

Kindly update me again here.

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