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After doing some research myself, I can say that the toolchain/compiler needs to fit the address system of the development platform (in my case a 64 bit PC). Nevertheless, the kernel compiles for the 32 bit target platform (in my case a 32 bit Raspbian running Raspberry Pi)...


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This is not really a Pi question. Most conventional computers have a BIOS which is in a ROM (containing 32 MB of code). Later models use a different, but similar technique. The BIOS contains all the code required to mount images, initiate hardware etc. but even there require a boot loader on the install medium. The install medium contains code to run a "...


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