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I am trying to help my mother who called to tell me her machine screeches when she is trting to play messages so she cannot hear the messages.  She also has a fax machine on same line.  Can anyone help me trouble shoot this for her.  Thanks, Bibi

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    I have a 2+ year old GE cordless 58 gigahertz phone/answering machine on our land line. Worked great for 24 months, now last 4 months instead of recording incoming messages, people are getting the fax "noise" 70% of the time when they call, at which time no message is recorded. I've reread the manual; I have no clue what is going on. Any help out there? Hate trashing phone, but I hate missing what could be important calls more.
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Hi Bibi - Is this a regular land line? Is the fax machine supposed to answer if it's a fax but not answer if it's a phone call? Let me know exactly what your mothers' setup is please. It sounds to me like the fax is trying to answer all the calls and the screeching she hears is the fax machine try to handshake, or connect, with another fax machine. You've probably heard what that sounds like. Let me know the answers and if you can ask some people that called if they heard anything. Thanks.

Jeff

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

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