Question about Lexmark F4270 Plain Paper Inkjet Fax
Everytime someone wants to send me a fax, it states that it has failed, and I can't seem to find the problem. I bought the printer in walmart and now they no longer sell the item.
Normally a receive problem is in the phone line. I will explane so you understand why I am saying this and not excusing the machine.
For starters as a resoution, make sure your phone line is plugged into the line slot and not a slot for a phone or answering machine. The slots I am talking about are on the fax machine.
Also if you have the fax on the same phone line with another device. An answering machine, a credir card reader, etc etc, make sure there isn't a conflict. Try just plugging the fax machine into that phone line.
Now to explane. When you send a fax, you manually turn on the phone line when you tell it to fax, Pressing that button energises a relay and just like picking up your phone receiver you turn the phone line on phisically.
When you receive a fax, it has to have the proper signal to electronically activate the fax/modem board.
Issues can be as simple as a bad phone cord between your fax machine and wall jack. They do build up resistance and cause problems.
3 issues are needed to receive a fax. The phone line Voltage must be correct, the phone line current must be high enough and there must not be a decibel loss.
A good example is a remote controle. You have old batteries. Well if you measured the voltage, it would still be 1.5 volts, but it can not deliver anough current to change a channel or adjust the volume all the time. If the line voltage is right, and your phone line it having a problem, it can't deliver enough current to turn on the fax, like turning on a TV with a remote, there is just not anough total power to activate it.
Remove everything else but the fax from the phone line, try it then.
Replace the cord between the machine and wall jack, Try it then.
If that doesn't correct it have the phone company test your line to the house, if thats ok, then repalce your wall jack.
99 percent of the time a phone line will be a problem.
Posted on Mar 21, 2008
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