I have set up a Windows XP Home SP3 VM in virtualbox, installed all OK. Whenever I try to run 3D accelerated apps (games) on it/run dxdiag, it crashes with no useful information in log files (but I may provide it if needed, for now I want to know if anyone else has this problem).
Host: Athlon64 4400+ 2.4 GHz (overclock), nVidia GT520 (tried following drivers: 304,310,319,325 from ubuntu repos/xorg-edgers ppa), RAM 4 GB + zramswap enabled, kernel: Linux pf 3.9 (the same thing happened on 3.8 and 3.10 kernels)
Guest: 2D+3D acceleration (I was playing with disabling these options), 128 MB vRAM, 1 GB RAM, games tested: Team Fortress 2, Warcraft 3 - both crash the whole VM when they start.
I even tried different Virtualbox versions, different combos of kernel/drivers. Nothing worked. On vmware player, everything works but I get awful gaming experience (and high resource usage for this aging machine)
I remember the same experience from Ubuntu 12.04.2 but I wasn't using it for long because of lack of features I needed.
I'm planning on using VBoxSDL for playing games (already doing so with Age of Empires 2 which works well)