How can I get my fax modem to wake my PC reliably from standby? WinXPPro

By glnz ·
When my WinXPPro SP3 machine is in sleep/standby/suspend mode (S1 or S3), the fax modem wakes the machine some of the time but not all of the time. I want it to wake the PC from standby/sleep every time, with 100% reliability. (When the PC is up and running, the modem and the machine receive faxes beautifully.)

What do you suggest?

Fax Modem: Conexant D850 PCI V.92 Modem with recent driver update to version (7/3/2007) (but this problem is the same now as before with the 2004 driver version)

PC: Dell Optiplex 755

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2400 MHz

RAM: 4GB, of which 2.5GB is usually free


OS: WinXPPro SP3 with all updates

AV: Avast Home Free

Anti-spyware: SpywareBlaster Free, Spybot S&amp Free and AdAware

Fax software: MS Fax Console that comes with WinXPPro SP3

Printer/Fax Printer: HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless AIO (model A909g)

Screensaver: XP logo after 9 minutes; do NOT show welcome screen on resume

Power Settings: Home/Office Desk; Turn Off Monitor after 10 mins; Turn Off Hard Disks Never; System Standby after 20 mins; System Hibernates Never; Do NOT prompt for password when computer resumes from standby

Home network Ethernet connection: Intel? 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection card with all Wake on LAN settings ON.

Browser: Firefox latest but use IE occasionally when necessary

Email: MS Outlook Express 6 to POP3/SMTP email service

Misc: I also run LogMeInFree on all my home computers. Just very recently, I added Skype, so that's also running.


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For 100% reliability

by robo_dev In reply to How can I get my fax mode ...

An external modem?

I believe the the Conexant is a 'SoftModem' (Software Modem).

My experience with Conexant is that they are not the best, and softmodems in general tend to be a bit flaky when it comes to doing exactly what they are suppsed to do.

If this is a mission-critical application, I would find a good external modem. They never sleep.

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