beeuuem 23:35 19 Nov 2003

'Cos you have the fax activated and it is answering. The noise is the fax looking for a 'handshake' to start receiving the fax.
Look in your fax settings and set it to answer after more rings or turn it off (i.e. answer manually).
If I recall you have XP. Go to Control Panel > Printers and Faxes and click on the fax icon to see the settings.

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