Curve Guides in 2.46+

Ever since 2.46 I cannot figure out curve guides. I would like to use them to shape hair but even with this simple test of hair on a plane I get crazy results.

All I want is each hair to mimic the curvature of the bezier curve. This worked without any problems in the older versions of blender. Am I overlooking something simple? Thanks in advance for the help guys.

I’m not quite shure, if it is what you’re searching for, but to shape the hair there are new tools since 2.46, which are fully integrated in the new particleMode.