[nSLUG] Problem with efax & USR Faxmodem

Mike Spencer mspencer at tallships.ca
Tue Nov 20 15:52:54 AST 2012

I've never done fax with a computer before but a need arose.  So I
fetched efax 0.9, compiled, suitably edited the script that's the
usual interface to the ELF executable.

Tested by sending a fax to a friend.  Worked great.

When I tried to send a fax to the important destination, though, I

    + Dials audibly

    + Begins generating the fax handshake tone/beeps.

    + Remote line rings three times

    + Click. No tones, no voice mssg, no BUSY signal. Just "click".

    + efax times out, reports "no answer"

This happened both during business hours when a BUSY signal might be
expected and during the night when, the intended recipient tells me,
their fax machine is left running. Yes, I'm using the right phone
number. Faxing that number using a local business service appeared to
work as expected.

I'm using a US Robotics external 56K Faxmodem that works daily for
internet dialup and worked once to send a fax.

Anyone have experience with faxing with this hardware or with the
hardware/software combination and know what's going wrong?  Hints?
Pointers?  WAGs?

- Mike

Michael Spencer                  Nova Scotia, Canada       .~. 
mspencer at tallships.ca                                     /( )\
http://home.tallships.ca/mspencer/                        ^^-^^

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