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I've recently installed Mandrake 9.1 on my Acer laptop, and I'm trying to get the flash plugin working for Mozilla 1.3.1. I downloaded the tar.gz file from the macromedia mirror and followed the instructions I found here on linuxquestions at /questions/history/53961.
I logged in as root, unzipped and opened the flash-installer*tar.gz and followed the instructions in the readme file. The installation program asked where my mozilla directory was, and I told it /usr/lib/mozilla-1.3.1. The program seemed to work fine and I exited it.
When I then opened mozilla and went to a flash page, mozilla instantly closed. It didn't give me any error messages or freeze or anything, it just closed instantly. (Maybe that's the same as crashing, I'm not sure)
I then went to the /usr/lib/mozilla-1.3.1/plugins directory, and saw that the installation program had copied flashplayer.xpt and libflashplayer.so into that directory. I deleted those two files, and then reopened mozilla, and it was the same as if I had never installed the plugin. So then I manually copied those two files into the mozilla /plugins directory, and tried it again. Same result. Mozilla crashed(?) instantly upon trying to open a page with flash. I can't think of anything else I could do. Any help here?