Fax setup <SOLVED>

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share3141
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Fax setup <SOLVED>

Postby share3141 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:21 am

I have Linux Mint 18.2 and Libreoffice 5.4.1.2. I need to print to a fax printer. I have looked at several server packages but they seem like overkill - plus I can't figure out how to set them up. I tried searching for the word "fax" but it was rejected (too short!?). I have a dial-up modem - I will have to go back to Windows to find the description as I don't know how the list hardware command in Linux. I tried "inxi -Fxz" but didn't get modem info back. What information or what can I do to solve this problem? Thanks.
Last edited by share3141 on Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:58 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Fax setup

Postby share3141 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:50 am

The modem is a LSI PCI-SV92PP Soft Modem
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Re: Fax setup

Postby Neil Edmond » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:03 am

On the rare occasion when I need to send a fax, I use one of the on-line fax services. Some of then are free if you don't send more than a couple of faxes a month.

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Re: Fax setup

Postby RobertService » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:29 pm

Welcome to the World of Windows Stupidity and Insanity.
The tip-off is the phrase "soft modem". Sometimes these are laughingly referred to as 'WinModems"
This means a modem which uses Windows resources to do most of the "modem-ing"; it unfortunately means, for you that it is not a REAL MODEM.
One other tip-off is the price: go a on Amazon and check: you can find all kinds of modems for $15-$30. These are WinModems. Oh, and NEVER opt for an 'internal' modem; guaranteed to be a WinModem.
A real, honest-to-goodness old fashioned REAL EXTERNAL MODEM will cost upwards of $75; the following example is a really good deal:

US Robotics V.92 USR5686E External Modem + Fax, 56K--less than $69.00 right now.

I had to go through this learning process myself; hope it helps.

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Re: Fax setup

Postby share3141 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:56 am

Well that explains my frustration. I've been moving over to Mint and looking for substitutes for things I do under Windows. This modem deal was a weird one. At some point I am going to buy a new machine - I will be sure to avoid an internal modem. Thanks very much for the information.
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