Box select problem

In 2.49 or whatever it was, when you box or lasso selected, it selected EVERYTHING in the box. Now, I want that to happen in 2.5, but it only selects the vertices/edges/faces that are visible. I am making a star trek ship and I want to make the saucer section bigger, but when i box select looking down on the ship, it only selects the top. Can I change this? It is very tedious to box select each side to get all of the faces. Any help is greatly appreciated.

turn off the “limit selection to visible” It is next to tour selection mode at the bottom of the 3d window.

Hit hot key Z, to go into wire mode. You can select through things.