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Old 02-27-2011, 11:25 PM   #1
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Question Is there an api for Puppy 5.1 or above that emulates xp's Phone & Fax?

I remember having tricked a phone/fax machine (from Brother) to accept or send a fax from/to an XP machine via the emulator that comes with the OS. Tried it with a Toshiba but it never worked out. Now I have another fax to experiment with but no windows os anymore. I stopped using that os about 2 yrs ago & use only Puppy or, sometimes Ubuntu.

I would like to try such an application now even more because discovered that the Toshiba isn't scanning anymore, the Panasonic is in schedule to be configured & tested this week.

Does anybody knows of such an api for Puppy or Ubuntu?

PS. Sorry if I didn't mentioned above the correct name for the Windows version but I've forgotten much of everything concerning Windows.
Old 02-28-2011, 01:40 AM   #2
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Best that can be done seems to be here

or continue here with other posts
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:45 AM   #3
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Thanks Wu2wei for the links, spent most of the morning reading them. I'm not sure I understood enough of it. Still, don't know how a fax machine can capture a document that I'm sending from a computer attached to the same phone line as the fax is after dialing a phone # that will not be picked up... The reverse also was checked out as possible: from the fax to the computer, but this time the fax was dialing the #. I put a little emphasis on the point that it wasn't with the Toshiba TF 471.

Among all that I read on the links I didn't see any direct mention to this possibility. Neither I understood that 'efax' is capable to accept a fax from a fax that's connected to the same line, if the fax is dialing.

I do, in fact, have searched for my modem & can't see a trace of it anywhere. I'm using a Sony VAIO without a hdd, taken to life by means of a PL 5.1 live cd. The successful events I mention above took place using a now dead laptop running windows xp sp 1.

If you have another hint I'll consider it seriously! Thanks.

PS. If I'm going to get involved installing new software, do you recommend me to install first PL 5.2?
Old 02-28-2011, 12:19 PM   #4
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you do have a difficult undertaking there.
I am not sure that I understand why you want to invest this kind of effort in a dying technology, but I am sure you have your reasons.

Unfortunately my knowledge about fax and fax machines hooked up to a computer is limited.

I'd consider web based services, if it were only for the occasional fax here and there.
This is an example for a service that would send a fax:
In addition, many email providers offer the option to receive faxes through the use of a designated phone number.

As far as Puppy is concerned:

If your hardware supports it, I recommend Puppy 520 over most other versions of Puppy. It represents the forefront of development and has many convenient features earlier Puppies lack.
Many other versions are listed here
Here is a forum for the very latest development:

But in general: Puppy is a small and unique Linux, and a Linux one can get addicted to.
But it is not a big distro with a universe of repositories and programs. If you are looking for much further reaching possibilities, then there is probably no way around Ubuntu and its many derivatives and spin-offs.

Much success

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