is there a 64-bit binary for acroread?
Adobe Acrobat, Macromedia Flash, Adobe Illustrator, RealPlayer are a few proprietary software that is supported under linux.
However, these programs are generally distributed as binaries. That is, they have their own install scripts that do little more than copy and paste (Windows style installation) to install. This means, the code is not compiled under your system and thus, they may need to have built a 64-bit binary for your system.
Now, as far as the 32-bit emulation is concerned, if this works as it sounds, this should solve the binary problem. In this case, I do not know how to help you.
However, have you been able to get almost every other program on your system to work? (aside from adobe, macromedia, and realplayer producst..?). If you have then, the problem is probably the pre-compiled binaries supplied by adobe. If not...then you have a bigger problem.