HP Officejet 4500 - Set up backup fax

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Set up backup fax

Depending on your preference and security requirements, you can set up the device to
store all the faxes it receives, only the faxes it receives while the device is in an error
condition, or none of the faxes it receives.

The following Backup fax modes are available:


The default setting. When Backup fax is On, the device stores all received
faxes in memory. This enables you to reprint up to eight of the most recently
printed faxes if they are still saved in memory.

NOTE: When device memory is low, it overwrites the oldest, printed faxes
as it receives new faxes. If the memory becomes full of unprinted faxes, the
device stops answering incoming fax calls.

NOTE: If you receive a fax that is too large, such as a very detailed color
photo, it might not be stored in memory due to memory limitations.

On Error Only

Causes the device to store faxes in memory only if an error condition exists
that prevents the device from printing the faxes (for example, if the device
runs out of paper). The device continues to store incoming faxes as long
as there is memory available. (If the memory becomes full, the device stops
answering incoming fax calls.) When the error condition is resolved, the
faxes stored in memory print automatically, and then they are deleted from


Faxes are never stored in memory. For example, you might want to turn off
Backup fax for security purposes. If an error condition occurs that prevents
the device from printing (for example, the device runs out of paper), the
device stops answering incoming fax calls.

Receive a fax


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NOTE: If Backup fax is enabled and you turn off the device, all faxes stored in
memory are deleted, including any unprinted faxes that you might have received while
the device was in an error condition. You must contact the senders to ask them to
resend any unprinted faxes. For a list of the faxes you have received, print the Fax
. The Fax Log is not deleted when the device is turned off.

To set backup fax from the device control panel
Press Setup.
2. Press right arrow until Tools appears, and then press OK.
3. Press right arrow until Backup fax appears, and then press OK.
4. Press right arrow to select On, On Error Only, or Off.
5. Press OK.