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Winfax stopped sending faxes automatically from queued outbox. Why?

Posted on 2008-06-17
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Winfax has just recently stopped automatically sending faxes that stack up in the Outbox. We now have to right-click each fax and click on Send in order for it to start dialing and go through. It used to work just fine and just start dialing as soon as we started printing fax jobs to the winfax print driver.
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Question by:Lockesys
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You probably have a crammed print queue.  GO into windows printers and chooks the Winfax driver, and clear out all documents from the queue.  You may have to reboot the system acting as the winfax server.  If this doesn't fix the problem, remove winfax from that system, reboot and reinstall it, remove the winfax driver at the same time too.
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by:Lockesys
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So far nothing has worked and the client has switched to a different fax solution
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Probably a good idea.  Winfax is a somewhat dated product anyway that started in win95 days.  I have never found it robust enough for solid network printing.
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by:GetFaxingdotcom
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If faxes appear in your outbox, they have already been printed and processed by WinFax and therefore, clearing out a printer queue would be meaningless.  

The problem was likely your logs.  A corrupt log would cause faxes to be held in the outbox.  A database rebuild may have resolved it. Its also possible that your modem became disabled in Windows, and was reinstalled automatically with a new device name while faxes were queued in your outbox. This can easily happen without knowing especially if you have a USB type modem that you unplug.  This would cause faxes in the outbox to get stuck there because they were setup to send on a different named fax device. (Right clicking, Send Now, fixes this - but you have to do it for each one)  

BTW, WinFax started in the Windows 3.1 days back in the early 1990s.
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