The IDMCA Utility

IDMCA.ZIP Identifies cards in each slot of an MCA system

Content by Bob Eager (original HERE). Edited by Major Tom.

IDMCA is a utility for identifying the cards in each slot of an MCA system. It does this by reading out the POS ID of the card in each slot, and looking it up in a database of card descriptions. It is heavily based on Peter Wendt's excellent program QBMCA, but some work has been done to speed up loading and execution (primarily by making both the program and the database file much smaller).

IDMCA produces a screen-based report; however, for those times when even the display isn't working, another program named REPMCA can be used to generate a text-based report to a file.

The IDMCA.ZIP file includes the following:

  • The IDMCA program itself
  • The REPMCA program
  • The MCA.BIN database file, and the program used to generate it
  • A copy of the MCA.DAT text file, kindly provided by Peter Wendt. This is used to make the (much smaller) MCA.BIN file
  • Instructions on making a bootable floppy disk for running IDMCA and REPMCA, including suitable CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files
  • A copy of the REFSTAMP utility, needed to mark a floppy disk as a "reference disk" (so you don't need to download it separately)


A big thank you to Peter Wendt for lots of things, including the screen design (stolen from his QBMCA program) and the MCA.DAT file. And of course the whole idea.

Content created and/or collected by:
Louis F. Ohland, Peter H. Wendt, David L. Beem, William R. Walsh, Tatsuo Sunagawa, Tomáš Slavotínek, Jim Shorney, Tim N. Clarke, Kevin Bowling, and many others.

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