Yes, though microphone sounds quiet, I do not think it is the fault of my microphone.
You see, no matter what I put into the mic jack to record with on my sound card, no matter what application I am using, the recording comes in so quiet. Here's the relative specs:

--Operating System--
Mandrake Linux 8.2 (bluebird) for i586

--Sound Card--
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Model Number: CT4810

Now, as for the driver, this is what HardDrake says about my hard drive:
Vendor: Ensoniq
Model: ES1371 [AudioPCI-97]
Kernel Module: es1371
Bus Type: PCI

Can anyone help me figure this out? I would like to record audio at a normal level. Audio does not record at any reasonable loudness on glame, or any other audio application for that matter. And yes, I have checked the mixer settings. The mic is turned up all the way, and is taken off of "mute."
Any help/advice/etc. would be appreciated.[/i]