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2.2.0 kernel floppy disk problem

I built a 2.2.0 kernel then tried Debian install from floppy to no avail.
It fails to eject the rescue floppy disk and thus was unable to read the root
disk :-((

Here is the complete boot sequence up to the error:

Uncompressing image...
Booting Linux...
PROMLIB: Sun Boot Prom Version 2 Revision 2
Linux version 2.2.0 (root@dianne) (gcc version #1 Sun Jan 31 15:07:14
ET 1999
TYPE: Sun4c SparcStation 2
Ethernet address: 8:0:20:1:2:3
Loading sun4c MMU routines
Boot time fixup v1.6. 4/Mar/98 Jakub Jelinek (jj@ultra.linux.cz). Patching
l for sun4c
SS2 cache bug detected, uncaching trap table page
SUN4C: 59 mmu entries for the kernel
Calibrating delay loop... 39.83 BogoMIPS
Memory: 63068k available (1156k kernel code, 1076k data, 128k init)
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
sbus0: Clock 20.0 MHz
dma0: Revision 1 PLUS
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.2
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0 for Linux NET4.0.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP
Starting kswapd v 1.5
Sparc Zilog8530 serial driver version 1.38
tty00 at 0xffeeb004 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
tty01 at 0xffeeb000 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
tty02 at 0xffee9004 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
tty03 at 0xffee9000 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
keyboard: not present
Console: ttyS0 (Zilog8530)
Sun Mouse-Systems mouse driver version 1.00
RAM disk driver initialized:  16 RAM disks of 4096K size
loop: registered device at major 7
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a pre-1991 82077
md driver 0.36.6 MAX_MD_DEV=4, MAX_REAL=8
esp0: IRQ 3 SCSI ID 7 Clk 25MHz CCF=5 TOut 167 NCR53C90A(esp100a)
ESP: Total of 1 ESP hosts found, 1 actually in use.
scsi0 : Sparc ESP100A (NCR53C90A)
scsi : 1 host.
  Vendor: SEAGATE   Model: ST1480   SUN0424  Rev: 5826
    Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Detected scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 3, lun 0
scsi : detected 1 SCSI disk total.
esp0: target 3 [period 200ns offset 15 5.00MHz synchronous SCSI]
SCSI device sda: hdwr sector= 512 bytes. Sectors= 843284 [411 MB] [0.4 GB]
sunlance.c:v1.11 27/Dec/97 Miguel de Icaza (miguel@nuclecu.unam.mx)
eth0: LANCE 08:00:20:01:02:03
Sending BOOTP and RARP requests.... OK
IP-Config: Got RARP answer from, my address is
IP-Config: Guessing netmask
Partition check:
 sda: sda1 sda2 sda3
floppy0: Floppy io-port 0xfe005000 in use
VFS: Insert root floppy disk to be loaded into RAM disk and press ENTER
floppy0: Floppy io-port 0xfe005000 in use
floppy0: Floppy io-port 0xfe005000 in use
VFS: Insert root floppy and press ENTER
floppy0: Floppy io-port 0xfe005000 in use
VFS: Cannot open root device 02:00
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 02:00
Press L1-A to return to the boot prom

Any hints ?

PS: I built the kernel from kernel-source 2.2.0 & kernel-patch-2.2.0-2_sparc
    packages.  I rescue disk is booting the kernel using SILO 0.8.5 if it's

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