IIRC you only need the spayshul firmware on video, ide, and scsi cards if you want em to be the b00t device. Try it and see. It certainly wont fuck anything up, but as an example, a Mac sees certain PCI Linksys wifi cards (BCM43xx based) as native Apple AirPort cards. YMMV. IANAL. TANSTAAFL. YHBT, YHL, HAND.