If you run into issues, look through the issue tracker and see if a bug has been filed. If not, file the bug.
Check the Release Notes
(located in the Second Life directory on your computer) or the Beta Release Notes page.
Why can't I set my land to sell for L$ 0 to anyone?! These aren't bugs, they are features! Check this page next to be sure you're dealing with a bug, and not something we intentionally changed.
Check your driver versions.
A lot of weird things can happen when your video drivers are out of date. Second Life officially supports NVIDIA and ATI chipsets. Intel Extreme Graphics is not officially supported, but may work. You can find your current OpenGL driver version in Help > About Second Life. Look for 'OpenGL Version'. Its a good idea to update your drivers whenever we update Second Life. Omega Drivers (http://www.omegadrivers.net/) is a great place to find drivers for video cards. You can also check the NVIDIA official site (http://www.nvidia.com) or the ATI official site (http://www.ati.com). If you have a laptop or other integrated video chipset you may need to consult the vendor's website for drivers.
Write the steps thoughtfully.
"I crash when I upload something" is not a good reproducible issue. List the steps that you take one by one, such as ...
- Click File > Upload Image ($L10)...
- Choose a .TXT file instead of a .JPG file
- Click the Open button
Using the in-world bug reporter, you can Upload Screenshots or even take video clips and add them to the report. You may find some details in your secondlife.log file, but be careful not to upload the whole file as this may contain some personal data such as your name in the paths.
Using jira.secondlife.com, you will not be able to upload video clips or attach screenshots at this time. However, we encourage you to use the new system instead of the in-world reporter as it allows information you report to be seen by other Residents. Additionally, it encourages the Community at large to comment on issues to provide Linden Lab with more detailed information to use in solving the problem! Again, information from the secondlife.log file may be useful, but be careful not to reveal any confidential information as it will be seen by other Residents.
Ask a friend to try your repro.
If your friend can follow the steps chances are we can too!
This is just as important (if not more so) than filing bugs. We need to know whether each bug that's been filed is a problem for one person, or a problem for many. Try reproducing some of the bugs that have been filed, and see if they are problems for you. If you can't figure out how to reproduce the problem, make a comment on the bug, asking the person to describe their problem in more detail, if you can reproduce the bug you can decide if the bug report needs more detail, better steps or to include photos and different locations etc.
Attend a bug triage
From time-to-time, Linden Lab will hold bug triages to sort through what can be a daunting list of bugs. Please show up, and help us figure out what is really important for developers to spend their time on. See Bug triage for more.