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Windows 2008 Faxing

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I'm running into an issue with multiple windows 2008 servers and faxing. Each server is using a new zoom usb modem. It works fine for a while then one of 2 things happen. The modem disappears and needs to be removed and re-seated or the fax line becomes unavailable and basically the same thing needs to happen again to fix it. We have tried replacing modems, turning off all power saving on the USB ports. The faxes are set to retry 5 times. Any thoughts, insight, recommendations would be great because at this point not sure what else can be done. Thank you.
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Joshua Grantom earned 500 total points
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I would get away from USB modems. Ive never seen one that's reliable. Do you not have the ability to install a PCI modem?
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How about checking power management for the usb host? Specifically "allow Windows to turn off the device to save power."
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turning off all power saving on the USB ports.

Hes already turned it off.
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My bad. Reading in a moving car...
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I completely understand, been there. lol
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We had serial and we had pci in one of the systems. Same results always. I was wondering if it's  possible for the retries to screw it up? Not sure why. Seems like the line get's frozen itself and that disconnect frees everything up. I guess PCI is the next move.
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Are you using true analog phone lines or are you trying to send faxes on a digital line?
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That's a good question that I am unsure of . Verizon install and I believe they are analog. It's not a cable service or anything like that.
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ok, I wasnt sure if your lines were digital from a VoiP phone system. I would definitely ask about them.

Have you looked for any updated drivers? or possibly rolling back drivers?
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Not VOIP. Just found that out. Have tried all things to do with drivers.  Power management and anything else I could think of sans the pci card. That'll be next.
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