I recently installed ubuntu 9.04 (amd64) on a dell m1530 laptop and everything works fantastically except the internal mic. In skype i can hardly hear myself with max volume, and I tried just about everything in alsamixer and volume control. Nothing about a mic boost in volume control (i went into preferences, nothing; no “switches” either). I really need to get skype working, preferrably using the internal mic.

Any ideas on what I can do? is this a widespread problem?

any help appreciated.