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The default setting on Brother MFC printer is Fax. Meaning you will usually see the Fax Button lit with a green light. (If the fax button is not lit, just press that button to get it lit.). Put the sheet of paper you want faxed with the side you want sent face down. Now press the OK button. The screen will ask you to enter the Fax number. Key in the Fax number. Press start. The printer will start scanning that page. Once the first page is scanned it will give you 2 options. You can press 1, if you have more pages to send to the same Fax number. or you can press 2. This will tell the printer(Fax) it is just a 1 page document and the machine starts dialing. Wait for the fax completed message. Please make sure that the machine is connected to a working phone line before you start.
for dedicated fax use you have to press "Mode" button repeatedly until on the right side of the display it appears "FAX". Now you should have "F/T" on the display and you must press "Mode" button three times.
if it is a sharp fax machine it has a reception button which you could change the status of unit from telephone to fax or answering machine. usually the indicator of these button is located on the rightmost portion of the lcd screen. once you press the reception button while the unit is on standby, the indicator will point on which of the three settings will you want to activate.
To set up for receiving Fax, do the following:
Press Mode button repeatedly untin Fax and Fax/Tel lights are lit.
Faxes will automatically print and answering machine will take the calls. If you have a dedicated fax line, do the following:
Press Mode button repeatedly until just the FAX light is lit. Then the machine will answer every call as a fax.
When the Brother machines beep three times while pressing any button on the front panel, this means there is a button stuck. Try pressing all buttons over and over to unstick button. This should help. Please rate my help if this works. If you need anything else, save my user name and ask me anytime. Thanks!
Check to make sure that the PC Fax Function is turned off. I noticed after I connected the 8500 to my PC and installed the software, I too could no longer receive faxes and it was corrected after I turned this PC Fax function off.
The function is located by:
Press the MENU button.
Select Option 2.
Select Option 1.
Select Option 8 (PC Fax) and turn that function OFF.
To print a TX (transmission) report after each fax sent:
1. Press the Copy button if that light is not already lit 2. Press the Menu button 3. Press the Right arrow to get to "Maintenance / settings" 4. Press the OK button 5. Press the Right arrow to get to "Device settings" 6. Press the OK button 7. (You should be at FAX SETTINGS) Press the OK button again 8. Press the down arrow to get to "TX settings" 9. Press the OK button 10. Press the down arrow to get to "TX report" 11. Press the OK button 11. Press the down arrow to get to "Print for each TX" 12. Press the OK button (You can have the machine print the first page of the fax with the report if desired) 13. Press Stop / Reset