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Connecting Laptop to TV (on a budget)

by TRex3278 / August 30, 2012 11:43 PM PDT

I am trying to connect my laptop to my TV to watch movies on a bigger screen, but I am having a hard time finding a format that is compatible with the TV and the laptop (which is kind of old).

My laptop has:
VGA plug
S-video plug (8pins)
USB and IEEE 1394a firewire (not sure if I can use these for video?)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256MB

And the TV has:
S-video (5 pins)

I know I can get a converter for VGA to RBG but can't find one under $100.
Is there a way to convert the S-video 8 pins to S-video 5 pins format? I have seen some cables with 8 pins on one end and 5 pins on the other but couldn't find any details about these cables connecting a laptop to a TV.

What would be the cheapest way for me to connect my laptop to my TV?
Thanks in advance!

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Clarification Request
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2012 1:40 AM PDT

It would have been easier to tell the TV make and model. I can't check if there is a way to do this on the cheap.

For now, all the solutions I know of are about 100 bucks. I've never seen a cheap cable work but unscrupulous folk will sell them.

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by TRex3278 / September 1, 2012 12:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Frankly

Thanks for your answer.
The TV is a Sylvania LC320SLX, and the laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1520. I also have a Gateway M-series.
I don't want to spend $100 because I would rather put that kind of money towards buying a newer laptop with an HDMI port Happy

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Sylvania 320 series
by pgc3 / September 1, 2012 12:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Hello

Bob's right about the cables and the only way I see to go with that unit is S video, literally, IMO, I'd save the money to replace L/T.

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by nicholson06 / October 10, 2012 6:07 PM PDT

Search for compatibility issues. You can use an external Hard drive and not the laptop may be. Copy files from the laptop to the HD and then connect it. A USB connector is needed for this only.

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