Multiple DS18S20 Not working with DallasTemperature


I’m playing around with 4 DS18S20 sensors. I have connected them in parasitic power mode. As described in this picture:

When I use this code:

#include <OneWire.h>

// OneWire DS18S20, DS18B20, DS1822 Temperature Example
// The DallasTemperature library can do all this work for you!

OneWire  ds(8);  // on pin 8 (a 4.7K resistor is necessary)

  byte i;
  byte present = 0;
  byte type_s;
  byte data[12];
  byte addr[8];
  float celsius, fahrenheit;

void setup(void) {

void loop(void) {


void probe_diagnostics()
  if ( ! {
    Serial.println("No more addresses.");
  Serial.print("ROM =");
  for( i = 0; i < 8; i++) {
    Serial.write(' ');
    Serial.print(addr[i], HEX);

  if (OneWire::crc8(addr, 7) != addr[7]) {
      Serial.println("CRC is not valid!");
  // the first ROM byte indicates which chip
  switch (addr[0]) {
    case 0x10:
      Serial.println("  Chip = DS18S20");  // or old DS1820
      type_s = 1;
    case 0x28:
      Serial.println("  Chip = DS18B20");
      type_s = 0;
    case 0x22:
      Serial.println("  Chip = DS1822");
      type_s = 0;
      Serial.println("Device is not a DS18x20 family device.");

  ds.write(0x44, 1);        // start conversion, with parasite power on at the end
  delay(1000);     // maybe 750ms is enough, maybe not
  // we might do a ds.depower() here, but the reset will take care of it.
  present = ds.reset();;    
  ds.write(0xBE);         // Read Scratchpad

  Serial.print("  Data = ");
  Serial.print(present, HEX);
  Serial.print(" ");
  for ( i = 0; i < 9; i++) {           // we need 9 bytes
    data[i] =;
    Serial.print(data[i], HEX);
    Serial.print(" ");
  Serial.print(" CRC=");
  Serial.print(OneWire::crc8(data, 8), HEX);

float probes_read()
  // Convert the data to actual temperature
  // because the result is a 16 bit signed integer, it should
  // be stored to an "int16_t" type, which is always 16 bits
  // even when compiled on a 32 bit processor.
  int16_t raw = (data[1] << 8) | data[0];
  if (type_s) {
    raw = raw << 3; // 9 bit resolution default
    if (data[7] == 0x10) {
      // "count remain" gives full 12 bit resolution
      raw = (raw & 0xFFF0) + 12 - data[6];
  } else {
    byte cfg = (data[4] & 0x60);
    // at lower res, the low bits are undefined, so let's zero them
    if (cfg == 0x00) raw = raw & ~7;  // 9 bit resolution, 93.75 ms
    else if (cfg == 0x20) raw = raw & ~3; // 10 bit res, 187.5 ms
    else if (cfg == 0x40) raw = raw & ~1; // 11 bit res, 375 ms
    //// default is 12 bit resolution, 750 ms conversion time
  return celsius = (float)raw / 16.0;
  return fahrenheit = celsius * 1.8 + 32.0;  

void probes_print_serial(float celsius, float fahrenheit)
  Serial.print("  Temperature = ");
  Serial.print(" Celsius, ");
  Serial.println(" Fahrenheit");  

I get the readings from my 4 sensors with no errors, as you can see in the attached image code_working. I get the right temperature every time. No -127, no errors of any kind.

The problem is that when I try to use code that passes the onewire information to the DallasTemperature library. Please see here an example of code from the library itself:

#include <OneWire.h>
#include <DallasTemperature.h>

// Data wire is plugged into digital pin 2 on the Arduino
#define ONE_WIRE_BUS 8

// Setup a oneWire instance to communicate with any OneWire device
OneWire oneWire(ONE_WIRE_BUS);  

// Pass oneWire reference to DallasTemperature library
DallasTemperature sensors(&oneWire);

int deviceCount = 0;
float tempC;

void setup(void)
  sensors.begin();  // Start up the library
  // locate devices on the bus
  Serial.print("Locating devices...");
  Serial.print("Found ");
  deviceCount = sensors.getDeviceCount();
  Serial.print(deviceCount, DEC);
  Serial.println(" devices.");

void loop(void)
  // Send command to all the sensors for temperature conversion
  // Display temperature from each sensor
  for (int i = 0;  i < deviceCount;  i++)
    Serial.print("Sensor ");
    Serial.print(" : ");
    tempC = sensors.getTempCByIndex(i);
    Serial.print((char)176);//shows degrees character
    Serial.print("C  |  ");
    Serial.print((char)176);//shows degrees character

I never get the temperatures. I have tried with multiple versions of the Dallas Library and different pieces of code I get in many web pages. Please see the screenshot on the attachment code_not working.

I just upload the first code and it works, no version of the second one seems to work. I did not change a thing in the wiring or the connections in the protoboard or Arduino in between uploads.

The third attachment is a picture of my Arduino en the sensors connected to it.

I have 10 days fighting this one. Can anyone throw me some hints?

You appear to have success with some ancient truly junk code, which is quite a triumph. Now try the code*s* below. I bet you have no good reason to use parasite power mode and, even if you think you do, get off it and wire them normally. If you insist on using parasite power, you deserve all the grief you get. They probably aren't doing any harm, but keep the LEDs out of the game until you have the sensors working.

Sir, you get it absolutely right. I just get lucky using parasitic power and a weird piece of code. Once I change to normal power mode, every piece of code out there begin to work.

Lesson learned. The parasitic mode is bad do not use it.