Connecting to a 27 inch cinema display

I have a mid 2007 Macbook running OS10.7.1.  According to the tech specs for cinema display, it should be compatible with the cinema display, but I can't get any image on the screen.
I attempted to download the software update, (update 1.0) but when attempting to load it, I got a warning saying you need OS 10.6 to load, and it wouldn't permit loading.  Seems pretty odd, given that the tech specs permit 10.6 or later.
Any suggestions on 1) whether I need the software update (and if so how I can install it, given the problem described above), and 2) otherwise how I can get the display to link to my laptop.

Thanks for your reply. I will explore your suggestions. I have a MacBook not a MacBook Pro. Does that affect your advice?
A 2007 MacBook also has mini-dvi so nothing is changed.
I have asked about the problem at the Apple store with a cinema display specialist.
Apple stores have "cinema display specialists"?
They don't know what the problem is and suggest I bring the MacBook in to be checked. They didn't identify any compatibility problem.
Which is why I question the words "cinema display specialists"!
We know that the display works fine because we are able to operate it with a MacBook Pro (2011). But any further suggestions welcome.
Those machines have mini-diplayport (or is it thunderbolt by 2011?  -- doesn't matter).  So no adapters necessary and you know your display works.  But the video out ports are "apples and oranges" here (mini-displayport vs. mini-dvi).  The object your "game" is how to connect (female) mini-dvi to to a (male) mini-displayport display (don't even think about the thunderbolt display).
I've given you all the ideas I could think of, except when it comes to finding adapters or converters of various "flavors", it's google, google, google.

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