2.53 hair curve guide not working


I am an occasional visitor here, I am having trouble getting the hair to recognize a curve guide.

If I start a default scene it is easy enough; I use the default cube

add hair

shift a, add bezier curve.

go to the Physics area, set the curve to be a curve guide.

select cube, particles area, set the force field to curve guide



when I try the same procedure on a model that I’ve been working on (been worked over aLOT) I get no results

hair is there, can influence it with initially forces (starting speed) and I can comb it in particle mode…

but curve guide…no dice.

I’ve included the blender file (disorganized I know)

upload.blend (305 KB)

Hope that someone can point me in the right direction.