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    We have a WinFax that is working with Access. Everything was fine till very recently the WinFax started to work incorrectly. We reinstall WinFax on a new computer so it’s working itself without Access.
    From Access it should print an order and fax it. But, somehow if initially regular printer is default it’s printing two pages instead of doing one printing and one faxing. And if a fax is set up as default it’s faxing two pages instead of one printing and one faxing.

    Here is a code we’re using in Access. Could anybody advise how we could fix it.

    Sorry, I cannot post it on Access forum as it’s blocked now from my work computer.


    Private Sub Command43_Click()
    On Error GoTo Err_Command43_Click
    Dim supid As Integer
    Dim r
    Dim DocName As String
    If vbYes = MsgBox(“Do you want to print PO:” & [Order ID] & “?”, vbYesNo, “Purchase Orders”) Then
    DocName = “Purchase Order”
    DoCmd.OpenReport DocName, A_NORMAL, , “[Order ID]=” & [Order ID]
    End If
    If vbYes = MsgBox(“Do you want to fax PO:” & [Order ID] & “?”, vbYesNo, “Purchase Orders”) Then
    Dim orderid As Long
    orderid = [Order ID]
    supid = [Customer ID]
    r = Facsimile(supid, orderid)
    End If

    Exit Sub

    MsgBox Error$
    Resume Exit_Command43_Click
    End Sub

    Function Facsimile(suplierid As Integer, orderid As Long)
    Dim cbuffer As String
    Dim rc As Long
    Dim wp As Integer
    Const DDE_ERROR = 282
    Dim channum As Long
    Dim company$
    Dim contact$
    Dim faxnum$
    Dim rssupliers As Recordset
    Set rssupliers = db.OpenRecordset(“select [company Name], [contact name],[contact Title], fax from customers where [customer ID]=” & suplierid)
    If rssupliers.EOF Then
    MsgBox “No supplier with ID ” & SupplierID, vbExclamation + vbOKOnly, “Fax”
    Exit Function
    End If
    company$ = rssupliers(0)
    contact$ = rssupliers(1)
    faxnum$ = rssupliers(3)
    If Dir(“c:Program filesSymantecWinfaxFaxmng32.exe”) = “” Then
    MsgBox “WinFax is not installed on this machine!”, vbExclamation, “Sales Orders”
    Exit Function
    End If
    cbuffer = String$(255, 32)
    rc = GetProfileString(“windows”, “device”, “”, cbuffer, Len(cbuffer))
    If rc = 0 Then
    MsgBox “The application can not read the default printer!”, vbExclamation, “Sales Orders”
    End If
    wp = WriteProfileString(“windows”, “device”, “WinFax,winspool,Ne00:”)
    If wp = 0 Then
    MsgBox “WinFax can not be set up as printer!” & Chr(10) & Chr(13) & “Contact your system administrator.”, vbExclamation, “Sales Orders”
    Exit Function
    End If
    SendTime$ = Time
    SendDate$ = Format$(Date, “mm/dd/yy”)
    channum = DDEInitiate(“FAXMNG32”, “TRANSMIT”)
    DDEPoke channum, “SendFax”, “recipient(“”” + faxnum$ + “”” + CHR$(44) + Chr$(44) + chr$(44) + “”” + contact + “”” + Chr$(44) + “”” + custname + “””)”
    DoCmd.OpenReport “Fax Order”, A_NORMAL, , “[Order ID]=” & orderid
    If rc <> 0 Then
    wp = WriteProfileString(“windows”, “device”, cbuffer)
    If wp = 0 Then
    MsgBox “Unable to set the default printer. Please set the default printer with Print Manager.”, MB_ICONSTOP, “FAX”
    Exit Function
    End If
    End If
    Facsimile = 0
    Exit Function

    Select Case Err
    Case DDE_ERROR
    TEMP = Shell(“c:WinfaxfaxMNG.exe”, 6)
    Resume resumefax
    Case 3021
    DoCmd.Hourglass False
    Case Else
    DoCmd.Hourglass False
    MsgBox Error$ & str$(Err)
    End Select
    MsgBox “Please check you default printer!”, vbExclamation, “Fax”
    Resume facsimile_exit
    End Function


    I believe the problem may be related to using “hard coding” of the winfax printer port, ne00: there is no guarantee that this is the proper port, and you should have code that reads the port before you write the port as the current printer.

    cbuffer = String$(255, 32)
    rc = GetProfileString("windows", "device", "", cbuffer, Len(cbuffer))
    If rc = 0 Then


    Thank you very much, Moderator.

    Could you please advise how I could find a proper fax port if initially it was a regular printer and we want to make a fax the default one and find what’s a proper port for this?

    ” -read the proper port names from the registry (no assuming winfax is in a specific port) “

    Best Regards


    it depends on the version of Access you’re using. if its 2002 or later, I believe the printer object does all this for you, so you don’t have to worry about ports etc.

    however, I don’t know if this is specific to the problem you’re experiencing without further information.

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