If you have an Intel Mac (especially the MacBook Pro) be careful when installing new Web browsers. If you do and it seems like you don't have the Flash plug-in installed, it's easy to install a non-working version of flash over a good one.
The problem manifests itself like this: you innocently install a new Web browser (like Flock
) on your MacBook Pro and quickly realize that you can't see any sites that have flash embedded in them. So you click on the little missing plug-in icon and it takes you to the Flash 8 download page, which you install. The problem is that this is a non-Universal Binary version of Flash which overwrites the working version that came with your Intel Mac.
Installing Macromedia Studio 8 also inadvertently overwrites the UB Flash player that came with the computer and installed a PPC version. Intel Macs need the Universal Binary Flash Player and there are two ways to get it back:
1) Dan Benninghoff suggested on the Apple Discussion forums
that you can install the original Flash plug-in that came on the Apple install DVD by using Pacifist (shareware), a program which allows you to extract individual files or folders from the Mac OS Install disc. Another, easier way to get Flash working again:
2) Adobe/Macromedia just posted a preview release
of Flash Player 8 (22.214.171.124) that also solves the issue.