no m8...you were dead right. I've switched to nachos ready made 128gb image and it uses different emulators for different games.... my 2 faves wonderboy and pac land use ir-mame2003 and the video has no tearing at all. just need to swap the button setup and I'm all set....have tried every key on the keyboard and it doesnt seem to have a button to bring the menu up for swapping buttons around like advmame. thanks for the help...really appreciate it.