Drilling would work, along with a road-roller if you have a road resurfacing crew in your area, a pick-axe would also work, but until you give us a list of acceptable methods and tools to be used, the rest of this discussion is simply guess work, and frankly, a waste of everyone's time.kill a set top box microprocessor without opening the set top box case
Did you mean to say 'dishonest'?First time I see someone posting to learn how to damage something for a dishonest purpose.
All I know is that if you replaced "set top box" with "husband" , it becomes understandable, especially the insistence that the damage be covert. ...I am going with that because it is the only way it makes sense. But hey, there is a first time for many thingsI have this old set top box which useless in my house so before throwing it away just doing for experiment but it should directly damage the microprocessor without opening the case, wondering if it possible.
That's NEVER any kind of excuse! - no idea why people might think it is?.This is fully for educational purpose only.
Without knowing what all the components/modules in the box are you couldn't be sure that nothing would turn on. For example, an internal power supply might still operate with a dead MCU.@alec_t nothing will turn on, like no audio video signal from measuring volt or usb port. Right ?