Thanks for the info. However I did have some issues running vice on my laptop.
The problem was mainly with the joystick options, it seemed that you couldn't define your own keyset and I couldn't get the other two keysets to work. As my laptop doesn't have a number pad I could not use that option either.
The solution I found was to run "./configure --enable-gnomeui" after making and installing there is now the option to define your own keys under Settings>Joystick settings>Define keysets
I hope this helps any laptop users like myself with this or similar problems with the joystick options.