I have a similar cheap thing, Lexmark x5150.
I haven't even tried to use it to fax.
I will play a bit with it now that you mention it.
As for the dialup modem, it is a small card available at a PC store.
Better yet, a used PC store if there is one near you. They sell fairly well in such places, at/near $10.00-$15.00. I've seen 'em atBestBuyfor as much as $45.00, though. Check online, too.
New Egg should provide you with info.
Try to get one that is v9.2 (a recent type with fax capability)
Yeah, I do remember some dialup modems are not capable of utilizing the fax software apps, I guess.
You'll find these cards at used PC stores (or PC salvage/recycling centers) are typically new, but like I say relatively cheap. One I bought was made by Chaintech, for what's worth. It does work well for what I've used it for. Drivers load from an enclosed CD, and no particular conflicts other than initially loading the drivers can bring up the new hardware wizard which can interfere somewhat with the install as calculated to be ideally done on CD insert. Instructions typically provide for alternate install methods,should you encounter problems. Basically, be prepared to uninstall/re-install the drivers a time or two. Maybe you'll be luckier. I have no conflict with any windows updates, and the device is a 2003 issue, btw.
I'll check back in a while after trying my own fax.
I don't know if they actually depend on a dialup modem, also.
I wouldn't think so.
Try the Lexmark site. They are fairly good there about FAQ and such.
Google froogle for local business, new egg or others for comparisons and Lexmark USA, let us know what you find, also, OK?
One more thing ... not sure you are accustomed to "cracking the case" on your PC.
The card will insert on the PCI slot (that makes it a PCI card).
Physically it measures a few inches wide of green circuit board material, and will typically mount like others you will see inside, the lil' board perpendicular to the mainboard. The pins of the "plugin" part
should only fit certain spots on your mainboard ... that'll be covered in the instructions.
The power should be off, remember, when you open the case to install the hardware.
Avoid static by grounding yourself before you do anything other than look at the insides.
Touch the metal part of the case or chassis, then avoid static generating motions as you do the job.
Or maybe an ISP can steer you in the right directionusing standard dsl equipment/software and save you all that.
Edited by phawgg, 20 December 2005 - 06:30 PM.