Some more details... okay, currently I am on Linux Mint 14 using the MATE desktop enviroment. I am using an analog microphone.http://i.imgur.com/F9FTEdA.png
About the above image. When ever I "Un-x" the microphone option, then close the window, automatically "re-x"es it. And I know it is possible to get the mic to work, I got it to work once, but I forgot how I did it.