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Message: phone off the hook

There is no dial tone with my hp fax 1240. If you have a solution please notify me. Thank you

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  • wvalentine10 Jul 15, 2008

    I cannot send any faxes-it displays on the screen that the phone is off the hook.

    How can you help me with this problem?

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I am reading 2 different things into this post, so if I am of base let me know exactly what is happening.
If you are getting an off the hook message on the machine display, there is an actuator on the cover where the phone is on the machine that is for some reason not being actuated. The cover poped off a little, the actuator broke. But it is not turnign on a switch that tells the machine the phone is connected and on the hook.
Now if you are simply not getting a dial tone. What happens when you plug a phone into that jack? Do you then get a dial tone? If you get a dial tone on the phone and not the machine, then try connecting the phone into the cord of the fax machine to eliminate the phone line itself. If you do that, and you still have no dial tone on the fax machine only. The modem on the fax machine has failed and would need to be replaced.
I suspect a phone line issue, but unsure if you have checked that as of yet.

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