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Select 2 is here. Now.

By Chris Williams. Published: 14th Oct 2002, 14:37:40 | Permalink | Printable

RISCOS Ltd have been busy bees over the summer and the fruits of their work are now available for all subscribers to download. [Updated]

RISC OS Select 1 was a lovely step up from RISC OS 4.0 and Select 2 shows as much improvement again. Our full run down of the major features and updates can be read here, in our Select 2 guide, make sure you check it out.

As the Select site reports, the beta version of Select 2 is now online for download if you're a Select subscriber. A full stable CD based release is expected in 3 weeks time.


Select website Our guide to what's in Select 2

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Well I would have liked to have downloaded the new version. But Username and password do not seem to be allowing me access!.

Ironically I just posted my Select renewal at the weelkend but as the Invoice RISCOS sent me was dated the 25th October and my select details where not posted to me till the 1st November last year surely my membership is still valid?. -- Victor Shears, Maidstone

 is a RISC OS Uservshears on 14/10/02 5:38PM
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Well, we aren't ROL, so we're hardly in a position to answer that, are we?

But you did keep your subscription letter, like a good lad, didn't you? :-) (Which lists your subscription expiry date)

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 14/10/02 6:40PM
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I know the copyright notice for Pace dating from 1987 is technically correct; but I still don't like seeing it.

Will get Select before the year is out anyway.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 14/10/02 6:44PM
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Good lad

 is a RISC OS Userian on 14/10/02 6:47PM
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My username and password fail too, but that's because I've been too sodding busy to post my renewal. I'm still waiting for my other 2 CDs from last year anyway. ;)

Incidentally, can someone post how to turn the middle button of an Acorn mouse into a wheel? -- Andrew Harmsworth, Cambridge. www.gcse.com owner and author

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 14/10/02 6:47PM
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You buy a PS2 mouse and the superb PS2->acorn converter box from STD, that's how. You then use select in "STD mouse" mode. :-)

 is a RISC OS Userian on 14/10/02 6:48PM
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What does "Deep shaded sprites (32k/16M colours mean)"? I am a select subscriber but I can't get into the private area at the moment.

 is a RISC OS Usertlsa on 14/10/02 7:01PM
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In previous versions of the OS, if you created sprites in 32k or 16M colours, the wimp was unable to fade these properly (for use in 'disabled' icons for example). Now that Select 2 has the colour mapping technology, this is possible and is implemented.

 is a RISC OS Userian on 14/10/02 7:04PM
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Ah, right cool. Thanks.

I hope RISC OS LTD sort out the site soon. I guess it's just bogged down with all the people trying to download Select! :)

 is a RISC OS Usertlsa on 14/10/02 7:10PM
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Users of the STD PS2 mouse-mini interface can follow the instructions that came with the mouse to put it into 'driver' mode. Of course, you'll have lost those as I had and have to dig them out. The magic incantation is to hold down the middle and the right button when you turn the machine on. I'm told, but I've never tried it, that using a USB to PS2 adapter with the mouse mini doesn't work with this sequence (because the USB interface needs powering up and takes longer than the mouse mini ? Dunno really). A solution, I guess, would be to plug in a PS2 mouse, go through the magic turn-on, and then replace it with the USB interface and mouse.

It seems a little hasslesome, but it's most definately worth it. The STD PS2 interface isn't expensive and even without the mouse wheel support, it means you can buy relatively inexpensive PS2 mice.

I don't know about the non-mini interface, though. It's a DIP switch thing and I don't have one of those. I would imagine that the particular combination to make it work will be in those same instructions you lost 5 minutes after opening the envelope with it in :-)

I'm off to make AMPlayer's volume wiggle with the wheel... golly...

 is a RISC OS UserGerph on 14/10/02 8:36PM
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I have just renewed, and my user/pass combo' won't work :( My mum is ringing ROL in the morning.

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 14/10/02 8:55PM
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You're a right silly sod. There was a server problem. Try again!

 is a RISC OS Userian on 14/10/02 9:00PM
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I'm a new member and mine didn't work either. It seems to be fine now. Just need to get my RiscPC Fedexed from the UK now... ;o) -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 15/10/02 1:47AM
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ian: There was nothing to tell me that, therefore if It doesn't work then you contat ROL to find out why. It is common sense.

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 15/10/02 6:28AM
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Or you buy a wheel mouse from CTA and you get drivers with it for PS/2 mouse port equipped machines :)

 is a RISC OS Userjohn on 15/10/02 8:35AM
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I managed to download Select 2 last night. :) However, after I installed I rebooted and after it loaded the new ROM image it crashed saying somthing about an abort on data transfer or somthing. A reboot, holding [Shift] alowed me to delete the new !Boot and replace it with my backup. I will try again when I get home from Uni tonight. -- Michael Drake (tlsa) www.smoothartist.com

 is a RISC OS Usertlsa on 15/10/02 11:45AM
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RISCOS ltd only use a 128K Internet link so can't support more than 2-3 users downloading at a time.

So all those silly people trying to get onto the site to download the files today will find they'll have better luck either doing it at night/v. early morning or waiting a few days. RISCOS have also said they're planning to upgrade to a 2Mb link within the next few weeks which will no doubt cause periods of extra downtime too.

to tisa: perhaps you also have to do a CMOS delete reboot for this new Select? ie : hold the delete key down whilst rebooting to reset all your settings?

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 15/10/02 12:03PM
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RISCOS Ltd.'s riscos.com server has a connection significantly faster than 128K but yes, they are upgrading to a 2MB connection. On my home broadband connection, I was getting 69KB/sec, which was nice :)

As quartermass suggests, try a delete poweron, which clears the machine's CMOS configuration. If it still doesn't work, report the bug in full so that things like this can be cleared up in time for the stable CD release, expected in about three weeks time.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 15/10/02 12:24PM
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[Points and laughs] Hahahaha. You expect ROL to act on a bug report? I haven't renewed my subscription because I had exactly the same problem as tisa, got damn all help from ROL. It never worked properly, so I'm back to 4.02 and wishing I hadn't been amongst the first 30 to give ROL a chance and my 105ukp.

 is a RISC OS Userrobert7902 on 15/10/02 3:29PM
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Hi... I just tried a delete power on and things have gone from bad to worse! It stops when starting up saying it can't find any SCSI drives and when it starts, it dosn't give me the CD icon or the icon for my old harddisc, that the backup of the !Boot directory was on... So I am completly stuck... (Posting from a Linux box) There arn't any drives on my SCSI card, only a scanner. The disc it should boot from is on an APDL Blitz interface.

Any Ideas? -- Michael Drake (tlsa) www.smoothartist.com

 is a RISC OS Usertlsa on 15/10/02 3:32PM
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Not that I'm bitter or anything. I think Select is quite good. It's just a shame it didn't work on my RPC and the tech. support was pants. Seems a bit mad to waste all the hard work by not even trying in some areas...

 is a RISC OS Userrobert7902 on 15/10/02 3:33PM
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Wooo! Posted from RISC OS! 4.32!!! I took out the SCSI card and Select loaded up fine! I still have not got my old hard disc back and a few other issues to sort out ... but I'm getting there!



 is a RISC OS Usertlsa on 15/10/02 3:54PM
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