holy crap, my mic does work
I've had my aspire one netbook for 9mo and bought it for video chatting when I went on a business trip. I thought the internal mic wasn't working, so I was using an external mic. I stumbled on this post and gave the alsamixer a try and using the record app was able to record sound from my internal mic.
Thanks a lot I will have to try out some things later with skype.