A device is put in an allocate error state when the deallocate command fails to deallocate, or when the allocate command fails to allocate. When an allocatable device is in an allocate error state, then the device must be forcibly deallocated. Only superuser or a role with the Device Management rights profile or the Device Security rights profile can handle an allocate error state.
The deallocate command with the -F option forces deallocation. Or, you can use allocate -U to assign the device to a user. Once the device is allocated, you can investigate any error messages that appear. After any problems with the device are corrected, you can forcibly deallocate it.