I've only experienced this with vmware player. And it doesn't have to be a few minutes. I've just started up Windows XP, and had it happen after a minute or two of playing an mp3. I powered off the VM, restarted vmware player, and then had it happened with the windows start up clip.
I've only seen this recently, but I'm not sure if it's due to updating vmware player. Is there something in particular you'd like me to grep out of the strace output? Even running it long enough to get that problem with the windows startup sound, and I have a 270 meg file. I've compressed it down to 1.9 megs, and attached it. [Edit by cesium: erased attachment]