Converted my brother into an Ubuntu user, hurrah!!
He now has 12.04 installed on his Acer Aspire One mini laptop.
Microphone problem: No options appear under Input in Sound Settings.
So something like Skype is not working BUT Sound Recorder works perfectly.
Posting as absolute beginner because I still am & you would have to spell it out for me
Edit: Problem only with built in mic, external works just fine with everything.