Dumb question re faxes


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limey

I've just discovered I can send and receive faxes from my computer
(Windows XP, SP-2) with the fax modem.
I rarely need to send/receive faxes and even discontinued my fax machine
and cancelled the phone company fax number and line.

I'm hitting a real mental block - can I actually use the computer as the
equivalent of a stand-alone fax machine? If so, do I once again need a
separate phone number from the phone company? I've searched the Help
mechanism but am still puzzled about how the thing works.

Dora
 
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AJR

Yes you can - and no you do not (need separate phone) - depending on the fax
program it may be able to distinguish between a "voice" call and fax call.
 
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David H. Lipman

From: "limey" <[email protected]>

| I've just discovered I can send and receive faxes from my computer
| (Windows XP, SP-2) with the fax modem.
| I rarely need to send/receive faxes and even discontinued my fax machine
| and cancelled the phone company fax number and line.
|
| I'm hitting a real mental block - can I actually use the computer as the
| equivalent of a stand-alone fax machine? If so, do I once again need a
| separate phone number from the phone company? I've searched the Help
| mechanism but am still puzzled about how the thing works.
|
| Dora
|

I use my USB FAXModem to send/receive faxes. Sending faxes does NOT require a separate
telephone line. However receiving faxes is more complicated and is simplified by a separate
phone line. However I use a FAX switch so on my one phone line I can send and receeve FAX
and voice calls. The FAX switch determines which is whicj and routes to call either to the
PC or the phone/answering machine.
 
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bojimbo26

I've just discovered I can send and receive faxes from my computer
(Windows XP, SP-2) with the fax modem.
I rarely need to send/receive faxes and even discontinued my fax machine
and cancelled the phone company fax number and line.

I'm hitting a real mental block - can I actually use the computer as the
equivalent of a stand-alone fax machine? If so, do I once again need a
separate phone number from the phone company? I've searched the Help
mechanism but am still puzzled about how the thing works.

Dora
Hi Dora , so long as you use dial-up and not broadband , Google for
MightyFax and read up on that . I believe you have to pay , but it is
( AFAIK ) a very easy system to use .
Jim
P.S. I have used it in the past ( still on my comp) but I`m using B/B
now .
 
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Guest

If you have a land line for your phone just connect the pc to a phone jack
with a phone cord. Go to printers and faxes in the control panel and rt click
the fax to set as default printer - 2nd one down-(don't forget to reset it
for the printer when you are done with the fax). Now you can scan to or click
print on a document and the wizard will guide you through sending the fax.
Receiving faxes is possible but read the thread as to why. Phone lines arefor
the most part analoge and BBis digital.
 
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Swifty

Hi Dora , so long as you use dial-up and not broadband

I don't understand what broadband has to do with it. I connect to the
internet via ADSL over my voice line, but my trusty old faxmodem is
perfectly happy to use the voice connection to make/receive Faxes.
If by broadband you meant cable, then yes, I can see how that might slow
you down if you had no traditional phone line for the modem.

No software is necessary - it all comes with XP (certainly my XP Pro,
but I'd expect the Fax application to be in the Home version), but I'll
admit that it's not entirely obvious how you get to use it (I created
some extra shortcuts to the dialogs that I use most (the "Fax Console").
 
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limey

A great group of answers - many thanks! Interesting to know that it
really can be done without a fax machine.

Only one way to learn - I'll need to send/receive a fax and see what
happens.

Dora
 
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Guest

I too recently found out that there is capability to send and receive FAX''s
but I cant seam to get it to work. thats what brought me here.

Have you set it up on your FAX Wizzard yet?
If not follow these steps: go to your Desk top, click on start, then locate
and click on Control panel, Next Locate and click on Add Remove Programs,
once that window opens you will see a list of programs but thats not what you
are looking for.
You are looking for the Four listings on the left of that window that opened.
Find and liocate the one that says ADD REMOVE "WINDOWS COMPONETS", click on
this one. It will take you to a list that is populated that you can scroll
through and find the one that says FAX. once you click on this you will be
prompted from that point on. Good Luck. Let me know how you make out.
JD
Your ? is do you still need a seperate phone line? I am searching for that
as well.
 

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