My IBM laptop a few days ago starting making a really loud noise, i thought it was the hard drive so powered it off, the next day i started it up and all seemed fine and quiet, then it turned itself off. which i thought was weird, when i tried turning it on it said fan error, beeped and turned off again. So i now know that the fan probably stopped while in use and shut itself off. so hoping it hasn't done any damage.
I've since gone on ebay.ca and ordered a new replacement fan after pulling apart the laptop to get the part number so the fan should be on it's way in the next 5 days.
My problem is I can't for the life of me get off the fan, it looks like the black thermal paste has stuck really hard to the chip and i can't get anything under it to free it easily. I've read using a hair dryer is a possible solution but scared this heat might damage some circuitry?
I've taken a screen shot of my fan, with some arrows and text on it with some of my questions.
Can someone check it out, really want to try and fix this myself without taking it to a shop, it's out of warranty.