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Fax does not receive or send

Fax ..I have checked connection, cables, etc. meanwhile everthing works, the fax option does not work, it keeps giving a busy signal. cannot send or receive. it does not detect the phone line, tad is working correct when connected do answering machine, but the machine itself does not detect the phone line/tone in order to fax send or receive.

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  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2008

    I have the same problem all connections good with busy signal

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2008

    misplaced my instruction manual. unsure if i connected phone and answering machine correct. printer and copier works ok. can you help with instructions or owners manuel?

  • Anonymous Jun 17, 2008

    Fax goes through all the motions. Redials, but will not send fax. Continue to get messagte "busy/no response" print-out

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Plz contact brother hotline of your country ( www.brother.com )because there are so many diffrent telephone standards which might affect a good working of the fax abillity.

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