Connecting Laptop to TV (on a budget)

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

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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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

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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Search well

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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