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  1. rational

    hp Pavilion dv6000 series AMD

    Quick and Dirty Guide: (For installing OSX onto an HP Pavilion dv2710us AMD Turion X2 laptop notebook.) Use Kalyway 10.5.2 Intel/AMD EFIV8 DVD.iso. It's the only one that boots on the HP dv2710us notebook for me. 1. Partition the HD using the disk utility. Use HFS Journaled. 2. Close the Disk utility and continue onto the installer. Choose the disk/partition to install to and then make sure you choose "Options" and select the items to install. Choose all the AMD kernels, no graphics, no audio, no lan, etc. Choose only the AMD test 2 patch and -legacy switches. Then install Once complete and it reboots do this: (Post Install Stuff) 1. Hit F8 2. Type speedstepkernel -v -x -s and hit enter. 3. - type "/sbin/fsck -fy" and then press enter - type "/sbin/mount -uw /" and then press enter - type "passwd root ##" and press enter - you will know be prompted to put in your password twice. Do so and press enter. - type "touch /var/db/.AppleSetupDone and press enter - type "exit" and press enter. you will now be booted into Leopard. Once at the login screen, type "root" for username and the password you set for the password. Congratulations. You are now in Leopard. Full Explanation Version of the Guide: Hi Guys, Here's my guide (progress so far) in installing OSX 10.5.2 onto my HP Pavilion dv2710us AMD Turion x2 laptop notebook: So far only Kalyway 10.5.2 Intel_AMD (sse2/sse3) EFI V8 .iso boots for me all the way into the installation GUI and can actually succeed at installing OSX onto this laptop. Other distro's can't. I tried Leo4All V3, Zephyroth 10.5.2 EFI R2, and even the "Kalyway Format & Make Bootable HD for Leopard" disks and had no luck. Leo4allv3 & Zephryoth R2 don't boot all the way into the installation GUI and just sit there saying they are not able to find the boot disk. The make bootable DVD does boot but the disk utility is all greyed out and unusable for the ext hd. Some key points: 1. Even the Kalyway EFI V8 iso still isn't seeing my internal SATA HD. Dunno why! Help! I'm still scouring the forums for answers to this. If you know, please point me in the right direction. 2. Because of the above, I'm installing onto an external USB2.0 HD. 3. Once installed I have to boot using the speedstep kernel. The mach kernel and the modbinkernel don't seem to boot into the OS. I use these options: speedstepkernel -v -x to boot into the os once I do the post install steps listed above in the quick guide. 4. I have to use the F8, then -v -x option when booting the iso. Othewise I can't get the GUI installer to load. This loads the mach_kernel to do the install. But I boot later with the speedstep kernel. 5. When dsmos: Starting... appears be patient. It'll load in a few minutes. (5-10 minutes.) "Customize" Button: Here's what I'm choosing: 1. Additional fonts: Checked. 2. Language Translations: only Japanese. Choose what you want. 3. Kernels: Since this is an AMD laptop, I'm choosing the only three AMD kernels: kernel_9.2_sleep, kernel_9.2_speedstep, and kernel_9.2.2_modin (modbin kernel 32 bit). I have only been able to get the laptop to boot so far with the speedstep kernel. YMMV. Let me know your results. 4. Graphics_Drivers: So far I'm not loading this during install. Without loading it, I get 1024x768x32 with no graphics accelleration once booted into the OS. I need to read about how to find and install the correct .kext for the GeForce Go 7150M chip. If you can direct me, please do. I want to figure out how to do this manually after a bare install. I'm very interested. I will be testing more installs and checking if any from the auto installer work, but will have to post results later. 5. Audio_Drivers: I unchecked all and was able to get the OS to boot bare. But need to do further testing to see if any of these work. This laptop has a Conexant HD 221 audio chip. If anyone knows... please tell me the .kext to use and how. Thanks. I've heard the Azalia works, so am going to try that next. 6. Network_Drivers Networks_Cards: Not sure yet. Leaving blank for now. Wifi_Cards: Not sure yet. Leaving blank for now. Anyone know if I can just load all these and see if it picks up one? I'm leaving unchecked so they don't hang the bootup process until I can narrow them down and see what's hanging. 7. Mobo_Chipsets: It says I should "keep all select!". heh. So I am... I guess it grabs the correct one? 8. Thirds_Applications: (third party applications). I'm choosing all so they're there if I need them. No idea how to use any of them yet. 9. SSE3_Jas1048_ACPI_APIC: Not sure if I even need this or what it fixes. Leaving unchecked for now. 10. Patches: Hardcoded_SMBIOS: Not sure which one to choose. The Lastnetkassmbios is "recommended" in the installer. I left this blank on the first bare install and the OS booted. So am wondering what benefit it gives me, which ones work, which ones work best, and will they hang the OS? No idea. Anyone? 11. AMD_1052_Patches: I chose the AMD_1052_Patch_test_2 and it booted fine. Don't know if _1 would be better, worse, or not work at all. Will have to test later. I did use the boot_with_legacy_flag checked on the bare install. It says "most AMD CPUs will not boot properly without this flag". I checked it on the bare install and booted, so I guess that's good. But I'm wondering what I'm losing, and if it'll work without it. All needing to be tested... takes time... sigh. Interested in all help, input, etc. you can provide. Need to find correct .kexts for this laptop and procedures on how to install them manually. Please post on any details above you know and can answer. It'll help me and everyone else behind us looking for these answers too. Rational
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    OS X 10.4.9 Released

    Here's something interesting I just read here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=288299 Evidentially the new 10.4.9 supports the XBOX web cam natively! Just plug it in! Cheap camera action and the picture quality looks very good.
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    M-Audio AudioPhile 2496, pci soundcard

    Hi All, I also own an Maudio 2496 PCI card and just tried to install it on 10.4.8 without luck. I'm so saddened by this. Maudio isn't looking so good in my eyes anymore after finding that the driver support is second rate. I hope they read this and rethink their investment in their driver lineup. Since there are a few of us here, what have you all decided on as a replacement audio device? I'm also thinking of getting something firewire based (but not Maudio!). But don't wish to spend a ton on it.
  4. Hi guys, Interesting idea about the add2 card. Can you give me more information on how to find it at newegg? I'm searching "add2" and "add2-n" and not finding anything. Also, a couple of questions about it. Does it require the VM (onboard video) motherboard? Or will it work with the regular P5LD2 and other Intel chipset boards? Is it just an output port of sorts for the internal chipset graphics? And what kind of port does it use? A small PCI-e slot? or PCI? Very interesting. I'm wondering if its possible to skip using any regular external GPU and just order a dual head one of these or two of these and use them. They'd take up 2 slots, but it'd be compatible by default right? Edit: Just found the Intel link: http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/inte...b/cs-013296.htm "Note: ADD2 cards are compatible only with systems containing the Intel G965, Q965, Q963, 946GZ, 915G or 945G Express Chipset and a PCI Express slot. ADD2 cards cannot be inserted into AGP compliant systems (e.g. Intel® 845G and 865G chipset families)." So it looks like my assumption was right about needing the "G" version of the chipsets in order to utilize this. So it looks like for the VM board, it is a cheap way to add a second monitor. Thanks for the tip. Rational
  5. @postaldave I wanted to thank you for your last reality check post. You were right. I was being a bit too hesitant to have to make .kext changes. I was trying to find the "perfect" motherboard with the thought I'd save myself a ton of hassle on future reinstalls of OSX by trying to find something that would not need a single tweak. Also I was under a mistaken belief that either these tweaks were hard and time consuming, or impossible to accomplish if roadblocks pop up with the video on first boot. I think I was basing my hesitance on my first experience loading OSX this week on an AGP based board and freezing at the grey apple logo screen. (I could only get to the OSX desktop with the onboard 865G built in graphics and not the Geforce 3 TI 200 I was trying) I was thinking that getting a 100% compatible board would eliminate this major pain in the ass. I inquired with diabolik and he tells me he just plugs in his PCI-E 7300GS and/or 7600GS and it loads right up and onto the OSX desktop without issue. Basically skipping (and not needing the onboard 950GMA) I was also under the belief I'd need the onboard video to do the tweaks prior to plugging in the PCI-E vid card to at least have a screen to work with. Once I heard that I didn't need the onboard video after all I was much relieved. (So I guess OSX is natively uses PCI-E by default and good to go?) Then after reading your post, it made me believe it really isn't all that tough on the P5LD2 afterall, so I went with it! See my post here with all the details: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act...&pid=310232 Thanks for your input guys. Rational
  6. Some of you are going to be shocked by what I ended up buying. Especially after raving about the badaxe2 board. I did a ton of reading and realized a few things these past couple of days. 1. The Intel 965 chipset isn't really the best choice yet for OSX. The 945 is. And the 975 too I hear. 2. I wanted more IDE compatibility for awhile. 3. Price really did end up being important to me in the end. 4. Strong enthusiasm from the OSX guru's on the board here (Diabolik, bikedude880) made the final decision for me though. 5. I didn't want a micro ATX board with limited expandability. Maybe when I build my next tiny box... So.... I went with the P5LD2 R2.0. This is a FULL sized board. On revision 2 now, so the bugs are worked out and the user ratings are stellar for this board at newegg. Basically they rave about how it is the best priced/value board right now for the Conroe Core 2 Duo chips, which seems true. I paid $99.99 for my board today at Newegg. More than $129 less than the badaxe2. Also they raved about how the built in IDE is better than the addon Jmicron stuff you get if you go with the newer boards which use add on IDE controller chips because Intel drops support for IDE internally. I've used addon controller chips for many years and am not a fan of loading the vendor cheesy drivers. So I ended up getting: 1. A full sized board. 2. 3 PCI slots. 3. A great price 4. Identical compatibility to the VM model of this board so I can use Diabolik's installation guide without issue. I just lose the onboard 950 video. 5. It does Core 2 duo. And has 4 memory slots. 6. I overclocks well and has great bios options and stability according to user reviews. It lacks firewire, but it seems most of the choices do except for a few boards. (Kinda sacrilege I think though not having firewire on an OSX machine. It's kinda un-Apple like. ) But I never use firewire except for video camera ripping anyway. Jeeesh... now that I think about it, I'm gonna need that! Hmmm. I hope an add in card will work... I also got 2GB of G-Skill 2x1GB sticks @ $169. Just the Cas 5 stuff. Maybe I shoulda bought the Cas 4 stuff anyone? Or perhaps just 667 sticks? Any problems do you think I'll have trying to run 800 ram in this board? Anyone heard any compatibility problems with these sticks in this board? If they work, I'll let you know. They should I think though as the board is rated up to 1066 FSB. And I orderd the FANLESS Gigabyte 7300GS 512MB (256mb onboard). So I hope this will work with sleep since it's a 7300. I've heard the 7300GS's sleep with no problem I hope that's true. And I hope OSX sees it as a 256 and not a 512. I'm guessing the additional 256mb is only within windows and is virtual, stealing it from system ram. I already got an E6300, so am just waiting for all this to arrive. So it cost me $350 total. Not bad for a fun OSX test box. I'll get a Pioneer 111D DVD drive soon as well, as I've read these are the most compatible and what Apple uses as their main brand. I'll also be running either a Ninja revision B, or water cooling unit on it. So thanks all for your input. It's been fun. I'll post my results in a week or so when everything is here and put together. Rational.
  7. @boo50 Thank you for your strong opinion. It is helping to convince me more. But can you confirm that you didn't have to tweak ANY .kext files during install? Or do you have to tweak one or two during install? Thanks, Rational
  8. @Diabolik Thanks so much for your reply again. Slightly off topic to the thread, but which XFX 7300GS are you recommending. I'm confused by Newegg's description of their 5 different versions of this card as they say 512MB (256 onboard). I'm assuming this means it is really a 256MB card and the other is designated by driver to utilize 256MB from system RAM within Windows, right? But this doesn't apply to OSX right? SO I should order the 512MB (256 on board) card right? What's the model you've used from them and have experience knowing it works perfect? Is it this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814150128 How loud have you found the fan to be on this one? I HATE noise. I'm a real www.endpcnoise.com kinda guy. Also, they sell a fanless one which I LOVE, but it's 512MB and I've read that the 512's are hard to get to work on OSX. Can you confirm I should bother with a 512MB card? Also, they seem to all be low profile cards... I have a full tower case, so will have to swap out the mount I think. Are you loading your Micro ATX P5LD2-VM into a small Apple cube case or something? I'm curious if this would work. If it does that would be cool! I'd order a broken one on ebay and load it up. That'd be worth getting this board just for that feature! But at the moment I'm leaning away from the P5LD2 because of a couple of reasons unfortunately: 1. It's got mixed/poor reviews by users on newegg for reliability and overclocking. 2. It's a micro-atx board with limited PCI and expandability. 3. It's ICH7 and not 8. I'm not sure but I think I want 8. I'll have to check into the benefits before I decide if this still matters. Although I just looked at the BX2's specs and they also list ICH7. I hope that's a misprint. I woulda thought the badaxe2 would have ICH8 by now like the other current boards. This is strange I think. Anyone know? Also, @boo50, I have to give you some credit for your recommendation of the Bad Axe 2. I did read quite a bit over at Overclockers Extreme and it does really seem to be an INCREDIBLE board. I've always wanted an Intel board anyway, and this REALLY seems like Intel has stepped up to the plate finally. I'm still not liking the price though. But it's got a future more so than many other boards. Still debating. Lotsa questions. Hope you don't mind answering for me as my purchase will be based on your answers. PS, does the onboard video on the VM do dual monitor? I's a single port right? So it doesn't right? Thanks again. Rational @boo50 Good catch! Good answer. Insightful of you to notice that and take the time to point it out. Yes, I believe VT to be very important to get if possible. How do the Pentium D's compare to the Core 2 Duo's do you think? I've not been keeping up these past two years, so skipped the Pentium D era. I've heard the Core2's are the ONLY way to go right now and they blow the doors off other older chips, but this may be hype. It might make great sense to get a Pentium D and a very compatible 945 chipset board for OSX and it'll run great. Oh yeah, the VM was also a 945 chipset board, which was another reason why I was thinking of not getting it at this point. I have to check the benefits lost when going with a 945 vs. the 965 chipsets. Anyone notice if you're missing something by having a 945 based board vs. a 965? Thanks again boo50, props to you. Keep helping with your insights. It helps. Rational Edit: Just found this about the chipsets in anyone is interested: "It’s the 8th version of the ICH that has been chosen. The main differences compared to the ICH7 is on the network level, with the integration of a 10/100/1000 Mbits /s controller and in terms of SATA. The R version that supports RAID now has 6 ports. However, this is at the expense of the Parallel ATA that is simply abandoned" Found here: http://www.behardware.com/articles/633-1/e...5-vs-i975x.html I'm researching at Google now on "ich7 vs. ich8" and will post what I discover later for everyone's benefit. Rational
  9. Hi @92GTA, Take a look at this thread where I'm doing something similar: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...41343&st=40 I'm also debating which mobo to go with. I didn't realize the D945GNTLKR required any patching. I was being told it didn't need any patching. Do you know for sure it does need audio and Lan patches? If so, then it may not be the best choice as this board doesn't support the Core 2 Duo chips, which are WAY better from everything I read about them. Speed and multitasking are incredible. So I am also looking at the Asus P5LD2-VM but just realized today that it is a Micro ATX board. This is very limiting for doing audio work as It only has 2 PCi slots open. And only 1 I believe if I use the PCI-E for an Nvidia 7300GS 256MB card (which I'm told is the most compatible for OSX.) Also, this board has VERY mixed/poor reviews on Newegg.com for reliability. I've always sworn by ASUS though and never had issues myself, but maybe this M-ATX board is not so good...? Not sure. The OSX guys on here though swear by it, so it is still at the top of my curiosity list. So the more I read, the more I may end up with an Intel Bad Axe II mobo. Only problem is the $229.00 price. BUT it is a full sized board and overclocks and is a great choice for Vista/XP use as well without issue. I'd love to hear more about the P5W DH Deluxe if you have some info or threads. I'm guessing here, but it seems like the flagship board from last cycle 6 months ago. Good then, but now the flagship is the P5B Deluxe which is better overall except getting OSX loaded. I think the P5B requires major patching and tweaking. Any opinions anyone? Keep me posted on what you decide. Rational
  10. Hi @Alessandro17, @OneTrack, Thanks for the input. I'm not stuck on the $100 price tag of the Mobo over compatibility. I'm just 'hoping' for a cheap alternative that is still 100% working after install with no tweaks. That's #1. So I'd like to ask you both again along with anyone else who knows and can quickly answer. .. "Is the Intel BadAxe II (bad axe 2) motherboard TRULY 100% working without ANY tweaks after install? I REALLY hope someone knows for sure. If not, I'm not going to buy it. @Diabolik, what do you think. You still sticking with your recommendation of the Asus P5LD2-VM? Are the tweaks not so bad once you know how to do them? Or is there a better board on the market by now that you're eyeing? Newegg is outta stock right now on the P5LD2-VM, so I have some time to decide. Here are my contenders: 1. Intel Bad Axe II ... Truly zero tweaks required? (someone please confirm this when installing Jas 10.4.8 or better) Great stability, no tweaking, and can overclock! 2. Asus P5LD2-VM ... tweaking hard? Diabolic and BikeDude880 both love it and are hardcore OSX86 guys. So this kinda leads me strongly for it since it's both their main mainboards right now. 3. Asus P5B Deluxe WIFI ... great, great board right now. Fast, stable, feature rich for Windows. Kinda hard to get working for OSX??? Opinions? 4. Gigabyte DS3 or DQ6 ??? I like the all capacitor design on the Gigabyte DQ6, but maybe not the tweaking required for OSX... Any opinions? 5. Asus P5W DH .. Not sure about this one either. Is it getting kinda old now? Why the popularity? The tweaking also seemed extensive. Opinions? I'm probably going to make my decision this week among the 5 above. So would love to hear from the whole community if only with a quick answer and logical reasons why I should chose the board your recommending. Thanks guys! Rational PS what's the fastest GPU I can install that'll work without tweaking? Gotta research that next... I'm leaning toward the 7300GS 256MB right now.
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    FIX for the Disk Utility bugs

    Edit: Nevermind. The download links seem to be working again as of this morning, Feb 19th. I guess someone must've refreshed them. Thanks again to all in the community. Especially those contributing regularly like Defiant with this patch, Jas, Diabolik, and others. Hi All, I'm unfortunately having an impossible time finding this ppf file anywhere for the past few days. The above links no longer work either it seems. Can anyone help? And is this one in the same as "Defiant.diskutil.7.ppf" ? Thanks in advance to anyone who can direct me to a good download link, upload to a fresh source, or PM me with the file. Thanks again to Jas, Defiant, and others who have invested their time and efforts in the osx86 community. Take care.
  12. Hi Guys, I just wanted to say a few words. First of all, thank you to Diabolik for his efforts. He's impressing my socks off with what he's put together. I also wanted to say thanks for the bad axe 2 mobo recommendation. I've also been a fan of Intel stability over the years and always wondered when they'd come out with an overclockers board. Seems like they finally have. I'm trying to decide on a MB right now that will meet two needs: 1. 100% compatible install of OSX 10.4.8 with NO TWEAKING AT ALL. And I mean none... 2. And hopefully still be a great overclocking motherboard and have a great feature set w/stability. So I guess you could say I am also looking for the perfect motherboard. Some thoughts: 1. I'm on the verge of buying Diabolik's recommended board becase he is so entheuastic about it, and he's written a great guide. Also because the board is half the price of the top of the line overclocking boards. $100 is better than $200 as far as this goes. 2. I've got a buddy who is pushing me to get an ASUS P5B Deluxe wifi. Great board, quality, stable, overclocks easy. But it's $200+ and .... it's a b*tch to set up OSX as far as I can tell by reading a few other threads here on the p5b. So, I'm still left wanting to know a few things. 1. Is the BadAxe2 REALLY 100% compatible during install as claimed? 2. Diabolik's recommended board requires tweaks. So that doesn't really meet my criteria for an easy 100% no tweak install. But I'm still thinking about it. But are the tweaks not really that bad and I should still go this route? Realize I've never tweaked OSX yet (100% noob with OSX), and need something that'll boot right onto a working QE/CI enabled desktop with working SATA, Lan, sound, and all the rest. 3. I don't want to go with the original developers board since it doesn't support the core 2 duo chips. Otherwise I would for 100% compatibility. So I'm still looking for that perfect board... E.g. 1. No tweak install 2. Around $100 price tag 3. Supports core 2 duo CPUs 4. Supports overclocking Anyone know what this mythical board is then as of today? Thanks guys! Rational
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    QE/CI ?

    Hi Thanks for the reply. That was what I needed to launch my investigations in ernest. I was able to find a list of video cards specifically supporint Core Image (CI) on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_Image But I'll post it here for ease of reading: Source: Wikipedia ____________________________ Compatible GPUsAny Macintosh-compatible GPU that supports at least second-generation shaders, more specifically the ARB_fragment_program OpenGL extension, can also do Core Image. The same requirements are used by Quartz Extreme. The following GPUs are supported (as of March 2006): [edit] ATI ATI Radeon X1900 XT ATI (Mobility) Radeon X1600 XT ATI (Mobility) Radeon X1600 ATI Radeon X600 Pro ATI Radeon X800 XT ATI Radeon 9800 XT ATI Radeon 9800 Pro ATI Radeon 9700 Pro ATI Radeon 9600 XT ATI Radeon 9600 Pro ATI Radeon 9650 ATI Radeon 9600 ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (only 64MB version) ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 [edit] Intel Intel GMA 900 (Developer Transition Kit) Intel GMA 950 [edit] NVIDIA NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 DDL NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS (flashed PC-Card) NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT DDL NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT (flashed PC-Card) NVIDIA GeForce 6600 NVIDIA GeForce 6200 (flashed PC-Card) NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Go NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Note: The Geforce FX 5200 is only barely suited for Core Image due to poor pixel shader performance. With most Macs, the CPU is faster than the 5200 in rendering, so Apple disabled Core Image support for it and also did not support the 5200 in Aperture. _______________________ So what I'm hoping is that if I choose one of these GPU's I'll not have to change a lick of code upon installation. This a correct assumption? And I mean to enable both QE and CI and ALL video accelleration benefits. Am I wrong?
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    QE/CI ?

    Hi, I'm probably going to look worse then a super noob for asking this, but what is QE/CI? I think this is the graphics accelleration for the OSX desktop right? But what does it stand for exactly? And how do I tell if it is running or not? And finally, which cards are supported out of the box for QE/CI so I don't have to edit any .kext files? Is there a specific list other than the compatibility list? E.g. something concise? I want to get a card that I won't have to do a thing. I believe the 7600GT does this among others right? I got to the OSX desktop with my onboard 865G graphics, but can't set refresh rate, screen size, or tell if it's accellerated. I don't think it is as I'm not enjoying the experience very much... Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me a quick answer. Take care! Rational
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    Jas 10.4.8 making my harddrive EFI?

    Hi Guys, Actually I'm now all set. I was able to get everything working and am now on the mac desktop. But I did want to take a second and clarify things for the next guy that should come thru reading for the same problem. Unfortunately, there is no 'options' button showing up for me at all. And yes, I am clicking on the drive > then 'Partition' (because "Partition" only shows up when clicking on the drive and not the partition). I'm not sure why this would be except another high posting forum user told me that the Disk Utility within this Jas 10.4.8 AMD/Intel .iso is bad. Maybe he's right... I'll have the Intel only .iso shortly and will post if that allows the 'Options' button to show up. Please see the attached screenshot showing the lack of the options button.