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Brother MFC 440CN - How to receive a fax

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Don't have a manual. Can send faxes OK, but when the phone rings to receive a fax, screen says "Pick up Handset" - there isn't one!

Shared phone line - I have to plug in lead when I want to send (or receive).

Is there something I'm missing?

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Yes. you have to change to tel/fax mode.

manual (installation and manual) can be downloaded from www.brother.com (choose your country and your mfc). read faq, too!)

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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I had the same problem using my Brother MFC 8460N fax on the same line as my regular telephone, which has an answering machine.

There was nothing wrong with my equipment. It was a set-up issue. I solved it as follows, and maybe this will be helpful to you:

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6. Final detail: the setup should be transparent to a voice caller. Someone who is sending a fax, though, might be a little confused IF, like me, they lean over to listen to their fax machine dial and screech, just to be sure it's working. Such a person may faintly hear my outgoing answering machine message before they heard my fax machine's screech kick in. They might think that they had a wrong number, cancel the fax, try again, call me with questions, etc., etc. So I changed my outgoing message to something like: 'You have reached xxx xxx xxxx. To leave a voice msg, please wait for the tone. To send a fax, please continue the transmission and it will be printed. Thank you!'

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