Old thread, but sitll want it to be a complete source of info.

http://www.tkarena.com/forums/via-ep...-reliably.html

User reported following:

I used a linux computer to create a boot cd - rom and booted with this cd and flashed the bios.

The following links will help you.
Flash Utility: http://www.via.com.tw/download...boards/5/0/awfl829.zip
Linux Howto: http://www.nenie.org/misc/flashbootcd.html
Boot Images: http://www.bootdisk.com