@Thorr69 thanks for the reply; i didn't know about that setting and thank you for sharing, but that's not what's going on in this case. some games for the msx just have the buttons swapped from what you'd expect, like Vampire Killer, as mentioned in the video linked below.
i have a few solutions for swapping a and b now for this emulator, but now i'm focused on mapping keyboard keys to buttons in lr-bluemsx (or adjusting the emulation speed in lr-fmsx), which i'm still hoping to figure out.
this video mentions that the buttons are swapped from what you'd expect in Vampire Killer even if you're playing on an actual msx with a controller (mentioned at timestamp 4:35, which i tried to include in the link):
@mitu FANTASTIC !!!!
Everythings working with lr-fmsx!!! I focused to much on Lr-BlueMSX. For Lr-BlueMSX, It's only playable with keyboard . The joypad working only for Coleco. Not enough gamepad buttons are associated with basics keyboard fonctions. They should enable the "RetroPad Keyboard Map - Joypad - Awaiting description" option in Control menu in RetroArch for MSX.
@majestyx okay do this...put the roms into the the colecovision folder NOT the MSX folder. .now make the blueMSX emulator the default (pressing a button right after loading the rom..then the first choice from the list..