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Barco Port 3 as an RGBHV Input

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The following procedure was written by Kal (the webmaster) with lots of help from various forum members, most notably Person99 (Dave). Thanks Dave! 

Port 5 is available on all Barco projectors as an RGBHV input. On some model Barcos, port 3 will function as a second RGBHV input if the 2nd RGB input card (R7621055) is installed.

As well, depending on the type of Barco, port 3 may provide a sharper picture with lower noise and higher colour saturation.  Earlier projectors such as the Barco 801 will show the greatest increase in image quality, while later 's' models with the newer port 5 input board will show little or no improvement at all. In fact, on newer models port 5 is the more popular choice.

Use the table below to determine if using port 3 makes sense for your projector:

Projector Can I use Port 3 as an RGBHV input?
Barco Vision, Data, 400, 600, 500, 70x, 800, 1000, 1001 NO: Port 5 is is the only option on these projectors. While port 3 does exist it is only for older TTL style computer signals, not RGBHV.*
801, 801s, 808, 1208, 1208/2, 1209, 1209/2 YES: Port 3 is often the preferred RGBHV input on these  projectors.**

Caveat:  Some port 3 boards seem unable to support 1080p. We are trying to determine which projectors are affected or if there's any pattern to this.

808s, 1208s, 1208s/2, 1208s/E, 1209s, 1209s/E, Cine 8, Cine 8 Onyx, Cine 9, Zenith Pro 1200 X YES: However, port 5 is often the preferred RGBHV input on these projectors. Consider using port 3 as a secondary RGBHV input if you do not have an external means of switching between sources.

Caveat:  Some port 3 boards seem unable to support 1080p. We are trying to determine which projectors are affected or if there's any pattern to this.

* We've been told that even though the Barco 800 does not come with a R7621055 model port 3 input card that accepts an RGBHV input, the R7621055 board will in fact work on an 800 series projector if you can find one for sale used and *if* your Barco 800 chassis number is 105xxxx or higher (since 3 signals are missing on the older chassis connectors: 17V on A30, +17V on A32, and possibly a connection for RGsB on A26).

Double check to ensure that you do indeed have the R7621055 port 3 board installed in your projector before making a custom cable. Since the port 3 board is seldom used, they are often removed from Barco projectors to help with cooling and save current draw.

Port 3 will accept RGsB, RGBS and RGBHV signals and both positive and negative sync is supported.  Component video via port 3 is not supported on any Barco projector however. While all "s" model projectors (except the 801s) will accept a component signal via port 4/5, the same is not true for port 3.

The port 3 connection on a Barco projector is in the form of a small D9 connector, not separate BNCs as used in port 5, so only small cabling may be used. Only high quality cabling should be used or you may end up with lesser image quality than using port 5 with larger (low-loss) cables with BNC connectors.  This is especially true for higher resolutions.

If you wish to make your own cable, the Barco port 3 pin-out is as follows:

A lot of users make HD15 (VGA) to Barco D9 converter cables using short pieces of high quality cable.  If you wish to go that route, use the following table to help you with the pin-outs:

HD15 (VGA) Signal Barco Port 3 (D9)
1 Red 3
2 Green 4
3 Blue 5
4 (No Connection) -
5 (No Connection) -
6 Red Ground 2
7 Green Ground 6
8 Blue Ground 7
9 (No Connection) -
10 (No Connection) 1
11 (No Connection) -
12 (No Connection) -
13 Horiz/Composite Sync 8
14 Vertical Sync 9
15 (No Connection) -
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