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Aside from physical damage (treading on it), is there anything that I could do to the Pi that could irreversibly damage it?

More specifically, will anything I can do with code, or by prematurely taking out the SD card (I know this can corrupt the SD card), damage the Pi?

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Here is a quote from Gert.

Do NOT experiment with trying to guess registers in that area. Especially if you start 'playing' with, or accidentally hit a power register you have the small, but distinct possibility of blowing up your PI.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=8496&p=101319

So, apparently, yes, there is the possibility of activating a power register and frying the RPI.

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You could overclock the RPi through over_voltage. Overclocking it through arm_freq and gpu_freq is supported, but over_voltage can damage the CPU and will void your warranty. You do this through your config.txt. Here is a related question that gives a bit more information on overclocking and its dangers.

  • Related: What are the overclocking capabilities?. – Jivings Jun 22 '12 at 21:00
  • @Jivings Thanks for that related question! I'll add the link to my answer. – Andrew Larsson Jun 22 '12 at 21:02
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    Voiding your warranty is not the same as breaking the device (though of course it is possible to break it by overvoltage.) – finnw Jun 22 '12 at 21:54
  • @finnw I don't see how "over_voltage can damage the CPU" is not breaking the device. – Andrew Larsson Jun 25 '12 at 15:21

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