7940 phones handset does not work unless headset button is pressed

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Jun 21st, 2007

have a handful of 7940 phones when you pickup the handset there is no dial tone unless you hit the headset button then it gets a dial tone. Any ideas what can be causing this?

I have this problem too.
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mchandak Fri, 06/22/2007 - 04:52

Handset and Headset button are independant of each other. Only reason that I know of why this could happen is if the cable from the handset is connected to the headset port and not handset on the phone. The Handset button is at the button and the headset on top.

If this connection is right, then you might want to open a TAC case for them to troubleshoot the issue and if needed RMA the phones

rob.huffman Fri, 06/22/2007 - 05:00

Hi Tom,

Just to add a note to Mahesh's good info (5 points for always helpful posts Mahesh :). I'm 99% sure its RMA time for these 7940's.This is most likely a problem with the Hookswitch. After deploying Cisco IP Phones for the last few years we (and many others) have found this to be the most common hardware problem. There is a "Best Practice" for cleaning the Hookswitch contacts (link below) that does work on occasion. Usually the phone has to be replaced/RMA'd.

Best?? Practices for Cleaning and Troubleshooting Cisco IP Phone Hookswitch

From this interesting Tech note;


There was also a problem with the 7.2 phone firmware that caused similar looking symptoms but I am pretty sure that it was for the 3rd generation phones 7970/7961/7941. This could be rectified in the short term by booting the phone.

Hope this helps!



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