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No dial tone. Can not fax or receive faxes. Tried several phone lines and wires.

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Two things to check first, make sure the phone cord goes into the unit where it says line and not ext. The second thing to check, plug a regular phone using the same cord and see if you have a dial tone, maybe you really dont. if you need to dial an ext. # first to get a dial tone, you need to program that in.

if all that does not solve the problem, you mostly like have a bad fax board in the unit.

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