I have checked the sliders, using the control panels, and alsamixer, and it's not having any effect. As I said, I can still record with audacity, so I know the mic is working. It's just the google voice plugin that doesn't seem to be able to open the mic.
And, the mic seems to be open permanently, if that makes any sense. Like, I can tap on the mic, and get feedback through the speakers. I've had this problem for a few months now, and it's the only thing keeping me on dual boot. I would love to ditch my win partition alltogether.
Another note, is that I do not seem to have this problem with buntu 11 at all. But I really don't want to run that OS.