I finally made it work. The root of the issue seems to be the access to the
optical drive not being reliable. I have not figured that out and won't try.
Disabling rmvolmgr had no effect.
A brief summary:
Windows: Migrate the system image using disk2vhd. You *might* get it to read a
DVD system image set, but it is more likely to fail than succeed. So far as I
could tell, there was *no* way to get the Windows repair disk to use a system
image on a USB drive.
Debian: Use an ISO disk image. Life is too short for sitting in a loop
reading "No bootable medium" messages. This seems to apply to other Linux
distros as well. It *did* work once, but mostly did not just as with the
Windows system image recovery from a DVD set.
I don't recall having the "No bootable medium" problem when running VBox on Win
7 Pro. But after the ordeal I've been through I'm not very sure of what did or
did not work other than things that did work often did not.
I'll post a more detailed description following repeating on a bare drive to
test the process.
I still can't get Debian to allow a screen larger than 1024x768. Windows had
no problems seeing the full screen. That's a task for later.
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