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HP 1250 fax machine

Machine does not recieve faxes. It does not answer these calls.

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  • LeBit Feb 26, 2008


    We too have the somewhat of the same problem, the difference is that we can receive incoming faxes but have to be home to receive them and this was the purpose of buying a new fax machine. The machine is set to Automatic and still can't receive without being home. We need/want not to be home to receive incoming faxes. As far as the steps taken, we have followed all the instructions and still aren't coming in without us home. It doesn't store in the memory to retrieve later either.




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Check if your fax machine is in Fax Mode or Auto-Fax.

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appropriate number of rings for your office setup.
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for fax calls, you must receive faxes manually, not automatically. For
information on how to receive faxes manually, see receive a fax
manually from a phone
on page 48.
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HP Officejet, check to make sure that the modem’s software is not
set to receive faxes automatically. Modems with this auto fax
receive feature turned on will take over the phone line to receive all
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Your answering machine might not have enough quiet time after
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tones. This problem is more common with digital answering
The following actions might help solve these problems:
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b. Reconnect the answering machine and re-record your outgoing
message. Make sure the message is as short as possible (no
more than 10 seconds long), and that you speak softly and
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to match. For example, if the phone company has assigned your
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on page 63.
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HP Officejet, such as those with alternating short and long ringing
patterns. If you are having problems with a ring pattern of this type,
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