We have new laptops which only have HDMI output.
USB to VGA adaptors cost £40
HDMI to VGA adaptors cost £6
The problem is that if the display has sound then with the HDMI/VGA adaptor the sound is lost.
Is there any way that when using the HDMI/VGA adaptor the laptop can be persuaded to use its own speakers?
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Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
Sounds like you are saying, you don't have sound with the HDMI to VGA adapter whether the external display has sound built in or not.  True?

f you bought an HDMI to VGA then the manufacturer probably thinks you are only interested in getting the VGA.  Can get custom adapter from HDMI to two separate connectors one for sound and one for VGA.  A "Y" adapter.

Too expensive?

What model of laptop or are they mixed?
samcoryAuthor Commented:
The laptops a are Lenovo Yoga i7 8gb 256SSD and a really very very fast! and currently better value than a non-touch screen i7 with SSD from  any brand.
The laptops are used by sales people and sometime they have to display a film advert with sound.
As we have found everyone has VGA monitors/projectors but not everyone has HDMI monitor/projectors so to ensure they can display we have to use VGA
If we use USB/VGA the sound come out of the PC and that's fine.
With the HDMI/VGA the picture is fine but the laptop thinks the sound should go to HDMI so the internal speakers are silent.
Its not the end of the world but a saving of £34 per laptop would be nice.
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
I was thinking like what cables2go.com has shown below, but maybe you've already been to places like that and it's too expensive for a large quantity.

Sample adapters.
My search entry at cables2go.com was

hdmi "y" cable to audio and VGA
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You can override Windows as to what device is playing the sounds. While it's plugged into the projector open the Control Panel go tot Sound and you can set the default playback device back to Speakers.

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VGA doesn't carry sound anyway, so you really lost nothing. If you need to have sound elsewhere, you can use the separate audio (headphone) jack of your PC for that.
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
Also try going to your control panels and launch Sound.

Under the HDMI segment select do not use.  Should allow you to select regular audio for pc speakers.
samcoryAuthor Commented:
Thanks yes you can turn it off in Control Panel - Sounds  - Playback
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