Friday, August 31, 2012

KX-T7885 Setup and Installation

The first thing you need to do when setting up your KX-T7885 phone is to make sure that the transmitting base and the handset are a matching set.  This is especially important if you've bought a used phone.  In order to do that, look on the bottom of the base for a white sticker with a 5-digit combination of numbers and letters. An example of these letters would be "288D8" (this is different from the sticker with the bar code and model number). After you find that sticker on the base, please check the handset for a matching set of numbers/letters by removing the battery from the handset where you should find two similar white stickers on the inside of the phone. One of those stickers should match the base unit, and if it does you are ready to proceed to the next step.

Connect the phone’s charging cradle and base to their respective power supply and plug them into a power outlet. Place handset in the cradle and ensure that the light is illuminated. The handset will need to charge for several hours in the charging cradle before it will be fully ready for use. After it charges, turn the handset on (the switch is on the right side of the phone) and make sure it links to the base by pressing the "Locator" button on the base. Once the phone starts beeping, you will need to press the button on the base again in order to stop the paging.

Hook up the CO-line to the base station to get dial tone. In order to get dial tone, you need to determine whether you'll be using the phone in SLT Mode(Single line telephone) or EMSS Mode. If your phone is not part of a larger Panasonic PBX system, commonly found in offices, you'll want SLT mode which involves plugging the cord from the base unit directly into the wall. If on the other hand you have a control unit (PBX system like KX-TA624), you'll need EMSS Mode.

 Now that you've determined what mode you'll need, locate the "Connection Mode" switch on the side of the base.  Make sure it is in the appropriate position and connect the phone cord from your control unit into the base, and you should be good to go.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Can't Enter Programming Mode on Your KX-TD1232

When you can't enter program mode, you can't program your caller ID card. When you can't program your caller ID card, you don't know who's calling you. When you don't know who's calling, you end up talking to telemarketers. When you end up talking to telemarketers... well... need I say more?

If you are unable to program your KX-TD1232 phone system, there are a few ideas that may help solve your problem before calling in a technician.

1.  Check that you are programming from the correct phone extension. Extension 101 is the only port that has the ability to enter into the programming mode. If you are trying to program from a different extension, switch to Ext. 101

2. Make sure you have the right password. The default password for programming the KX-TD1232 is: 1234

3. If there is a different password, the last option is to reset the system to its default settings. This will erase all the previous (personal) programming, so please make sure you've tried everything else first.  You will need to:

  • Power on the system and open the cover.
  • Below the CO ports and the two music ports there is a switch. Moving it up sets it to clear and moving it down (which is where it should be) puts it in normal mode. Switch it from normal to clear.
  • Hold the reset button down for 5 seconds.
  • Release the button and the red power light should start flashing.
  • Wait 5 seconds after it starts flashing, then move the switch back down to normal.
  • Wait a few more seconds as the system resets. To ensure that it has successfully reset, the time on all the phones should now read 12:00.

  •  ** Sometimes everything except the password will correctly reset. You may have to attempt the reset several more (at least 5) times before it will reset the password. If it's successful at resetting the password, it will be 1234.

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Fix the 1 button on your KX-TGA400B

    When the "1" button on your Panasonic KX-TGA400B or KX-TGA200B doesn’t work you can't call "911". When you can't call "911", you can't get help when you're being robbed. If you can't get help when you're being robbed everything gets stolen. When everything gets stolen you can't pay the company bills. When you can't pay the company bills you have to declare bankruptcy. Don't declare bankruptcy! Get your keypad fixed!

    This is no laughing matter.  If you have the KX-TGA400, you may have experienced this irritating problem.  When we repaired one customer's phone he said, "You saved our marriage by allowing us to call long distance to our extended family with a functioning number one button." While you can purchase a repair, you are more than capable of doing this on your own. We have faith in you! Here's how:
    1.Make sure you have all the tools needed for this project
    • Small flat head screw driver
    • Philips screw driver
    • Small towel/cloth for cleaning
    • Rubbing alcohol [never use water]
    • Replacement KX-TGA400/200B keypad
    2. Disassemble the phone to get to the keypad
    • Take the battery cover off, remove any battery inside and unscrew the two screws at the bottom corners. 
    • Pry open the phone (it should snap open easily, do not be afraid to apply force if needed.) 
    • Once you have the back cover/shell off, you will need to undo the screw at the top left by the antenna. Remove the screw and then pull the antenna upwards until it is no longer over the main circuit board. 
    • Flip the circuit board (motherboard) over and move it partially to the side (DO NOT try to yank it away from the front cover/shell because the antenna is still attached). You should be able to see the old keypad either stuck on the motherboard or sitting inside the key holes in the front cover/shell of the phone. Either way, remove it and throw it away!

    3. Clean the circuit board where the keypad lies against it. It can be very dirty (yellow sticky goo) or it can look very clean. Either way, we are going to wipe it down! Take your cloth and dip it in a little bit of rubbing alcohol and start cleaning the area of the motherboard that the keypad lies against (right under the LCD screen.) This could take awhile if there is goo on it, but it's important to take the time to clean it up!

    4.  Put it all back together! Make sure the silver buttons are still inside the front shell/cover of the phone before you put the new keypad inside the key holes. Put the new keypad in where the old one was and start putting the phone back together (reverse the above steps).

    **Sometimes the buttons slide out of their holes as your putting it back together.  If one of the buttons is jammed, use your screw driver to jimmy it free.**

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